Trump Closes Canada Border to 'Non-essential Traffic'

On Wednesday, President Trump announced that the border between the United States and Canada is closed to non-essential travel and both countries attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"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!" Trump tweeted.

The Hill reports:

Specifics of the closure were not immediately available, but the new restrictions are likely to affect non-citizens traveling between the two countries.

Trump hinted on Tuesday that a potential border closure with Canada and Mexico was being discussed at the White House as officials seek to further limit the transmission of the coronavirus.

Trump's tweet on Wednesday made clear that trade between the two nations will not be impacted. The president last week caused significant confusion when he initially said that trade with Europe would be halted due to travel restrictions, forcing him to issue a correcting tweet.

The U.S. has restricted travel from large swaths of the world in an effort to curb the number of non-citizens entering the country who may be carrying COVID-19. Trump previously issued orders to stop flights into the country from China, South Korea and all of Europe.

There have been more than 6,500 confirmed cases in the United States, and about 600 cases in Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quarantined in his home after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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