As noted by US President Donald Trump, the border between the United States and Canada is closed only for secondary traffic, trade should not suffer.
The United States border with Canada will be temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is March 18 on Twitter reported US President Donald Trump.
“By mutual agreement, we will temporarily close the northern border with Canada for secondary traffic. Trade will not suffer,” the American president wrote.
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!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020
The information was confirmed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. During a press conference in Ontario, he clarified that travelers would no longer be allowed to cross the border for leisure and tourism, but “major travels are not prohibited.” Trudeau referred to the latter as “trips related to important work and other urgent reasons,” writes CNBC.
March 16, Trudeau announced that the country would close its borders to all foreign citizens, except for residents of Canada, US citizens, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions.
According to the Ministry of Health of Canada, as of March 18, the country recorded 569 cases of coronavirus disease, another 28 people suspected infection. Eight people died.
In the United States on March 18 recorded 7038 cases of coronavirus infection. Among the infected, 97 people died, according to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases of infection recorded in all states of the country.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to WHO data, on March 17, 184,975 people were infected with coronavirus in more than 150 countries, 7,529 people died. The largest number of cases in China, Italy and Iran.