Canada, US border to stay closed till January, says PM Trudeau

The United States and Canada have resolve to keeping their shared border closed until January 21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday.

“Canada and the United States agreed today to keep our shared border closed until January 21,” Trudeau told a news conference.

The longest international border was initially closed in March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Both countries are currently grappling with a second wave of Covid-19 infections, as Canada recorded a total of nearly 450,000 on Friday, while the United States remains the worst-affected country in the world, with almost 300,000 deaths from 15.7 million cases.

The border between the US and Mexico will also remain shut until the same date, said Chad Wolf, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, on Twitter.

“In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, and Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Jan. 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus,” he tweeted.

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