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Canada, U.S. extend border closure for 30 days

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Shady Salah – Media in Toronto

The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another 30 days to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as confirmed cases in the United States continue to climb past the two million mark, according to Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

The borders will remain closed between the two countries until at least July 21.

The deal was set to expire on Sunday but will now extend until July 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during his daily news conference today.

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” he said.

Despite mounting pressure from business interests and border communities, however, Trudeau is offering no clues about how the border restrictions will be eased when the time finally comes.

The 30-day restrictions were first imposed in March in the face of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have now been extended three times.

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