U.S. and Canada agree to close borders to non-essential traffic amid corona
USA President Donald Trump and Canada’s Justin Trudeau conceded to shutting their borders to all “insignificant traffic” due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Trump stated in an announcement on Twitter that it won’t impact trade between the two nations. As quoted in CNBC news, “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!” he tweeted.
Trump announced last week that the U.S. would restrict visitors from Europe for a month. A couple of days later, the administration declared that the visa restrictions would be extended to tourists coming from the United Kingdom and Ireland too.
The U.S.- Canada is the world’s longest border between two nations. Shutting down will impact the tourism industry, however not trade, or laborers associated with purported essential work.
Trump said that he would hold a press meeting on Wednesday on progress concerning the FDA and the coronavirus.
Trudeau’s legislature had recently opposed shutting the borders to his nation’s to the most crucial trading ally.
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Canada’s Justin Trudeau, at a press meet in Ottawa, stated: “I just talked to President Trump again today, and we have concurred that both Canada and the United States will briefly confine all insignificant travel over the Canada-U.S. borders,” “Our administrations understand that we protect supply chains between the two nations,” CNBC News reported.
“Tourists will no longer be allowed to cross the borders, and both our nations are urging people to remain indoors,” he added.
“These supply chains guarantee that fuel, food, and important medicines reach both nations. This new measure won’t affect supply chains.” Trudeau stated.
Trudeau additionally declared a $21 billion fiscal fund to support Canada’s economy as they face the deadly COVID-19 crisis.
Article Credit: CNBC News/BBC/NBC News