(FILES) The longest worldwide border on the planet, between Canada and the United States, will stay closed till January 21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced on December 11, 2020. (Photo by Lars Hagberg / AFP)
The longest worldwide border on the planet, between Canada and the United States, will stay closed till January 21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Friday.
“Canada and the United States agreed today to keep our shared border closed until January 21,” Trudeau advised a information convention.
The border was initially closed in March to gradual the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
The closure has been renewed month-to-month since then. Only commerce in items and merchandise and important journey are allowed.
A second wave of Covid-19 infections in Canada — with a complete of almost 450,000 instances reported as of Friday — has pressured a number of areas to reintroduce pandemic measures.
The United States is the worst-affected nation on the planet, with virtually 300,000 deaths from 15.7 million instances.
The border between the US and Mexico may also stay shut till the identical date, stated Chad Wolf, the performing head of the Department of Homeland Security, on Twitter.
“In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & 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.