Canada, US extend border restrictions for another 30 days


USA president Donald Trump said earlier this week that the border could open soon, but Trudeau and other Canadian political leaders did not strike the same tone in comments. Before the coronavirus pandemic changed travel standards worldwide, almost 200,000 people crossed the U.S.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday confirmed he and U.S. President Donald Trump have made a decision to extend the temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some $2.4 billion worth of goods and more than 400,000 people crossed the border each day on average prior to the pandemic.

On April 18, during his daily press conference, Justin Trudeau confirmed that the border between the two neighbouring countries will officially remain closed.

President Trump said Wednesday the U.S.

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Many of Canada's confirmed coronavirus cases have come from people who had returned from travel in the USA, according to the Associated Press.

"We will continue to take the measures necessary to keep Canadians safe while ensuring the continued flow of our essential supply chains on which so many Canadians depend", Trudeau said.

The majority of Canadians live in areas close to the 8,891-kilometre US border.

USA goods and services trade with Canada totalled an estimated 718.5 billion dollars in 2018, according to US trade authorities. The country has conducted more than 507,000 tests. Today, the Government of Canada announced more support for workers, small businesses, and those in the arts, culture, and sports sectors.

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