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Canada, U.S. will keep borders closed for another 30 days: reports

Canada, U.S. will keep borders closed for another 30 days: reports
Michael Pihach

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The Canada-U.S. border closure agreement is set to expire in a week, but early reports indicate that the travel ban will likely be extended.

According to reports from Reuters and CTV News, Canada and the United States are going to extend the ban on non-essential travel that was first introduced in March to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Both reports cite unnamed sources that are familiar with the matter.

CBC News also posted a report on Tuesday morning, confirming the news

According to CTV News, sources say both Canadian and United States governments are “on the same page” despite some congressional calls for a phased reopening approach.

The travel ban between the countries has been extended several times, for 30 days at a time. The current agreement was set to expire on July 21st.

The revelations come as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the U.S., with the virus now reaching nearly 1 out of every 100 Americans.

The U.S. has recorded more than 3.3 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to a tally managed by Johns Hopkins University. At least 135,379 Americans have, so far, died from COVID-19.

For this reason, extending the ban on non-essential border traffic comes as no surprise, even as some members of U.S. Congress have pushed for its reopening.

Speaking to media in Ottawa on Monday (July 13th), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t 100 per cent confirm if whether or not the border closure would, indeed, be extended.

“We recognize that the situation continues to be complex in the United States in regards to COVID-19,” Trudeau told reporters. “Every month we have been able to extend the border closures to all but essential goods and services.”

Trudeau called his talks with the U.S. “ongoing," noting that a formal announcement will likely come this week. 

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