US-Canada border to shut amid virus disaster
US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to shut the US-Canada border to all non-essential journey in an try and curb the unfold of coronavirus.
“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada,” Mr Trump tweeted.
He mentioned commerce wouldn’t be affected.
Both nations had already issued sweeping journey bans however had maintained exemptions for one another.
Canada depends on the US for about 75% of its exports.
The shutdown will have an effect on vacationers and consumers, however items will proceed to be moved throughout the border.
Mr Trudeau had beforehand resisted closing the border to his nation’s most vital buying and selling accomplice.
“Nearly 200,000 people cross that border every day, and that border and that traffic that goes across that border is literally a lifeline for both the Canadians and the Americans on both sides of that border,” Mr Trudeau’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned on Tuesday.
“We get our groceries thanks to truckers who drive back and forth across that border. Very urgently needed medical supplies and medicines go back and forth across that border. And essential workers go back and forth across that border every day.”
Approximately $2bn in items and companies crosses the US-Canada border every day.