Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on May 19 that Canada and the United States agreed to continue closing the border between the two countries for another 30 days, until June 21, for non-essential travel activities. .
Remarkably, Prime Minister Trudeau also left open the possibility that the order will be closed after June 21.
“We will continue to closely monitor developments in the world and around the world to make further decisions,” he said.
According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau also affirmed that the provincial authorities wanted Ottawa to extend the validity of the border closure order, and at the press conference on May 19. mind.
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Canada is facing a big challenge when it is located close to the “hottest spot” on the world map of COVID-19. The US has now recorded more than 1.5 million cases positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus, with over 90,000 deaths.
Trudeau stressed that the decision to extend the validity of the world’s longest border order (8,900 km) is “important to ensure the safety of people in both Canada and the United States.” ”
Earlier, Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford had openly expressed his view that Ontario did not want US tourists to enter.
Currently, the closure of the border between Canada and the United States does not affect essential travel, such as transporting food and essential goods by rail and truck, to serve the supply chain. Flights between the two countries continue to be deployed.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, an average of goods worth about CAD 2.4 billion (US $ 1.7 billion) a day and more than 400,000 people crossed the Canadian-US border.
Public Health Head of Canada Theresa Tam said the COVID-19 special advisory committee discussed and agreed that caution should be exercised when removing restrictive measures in Canada before opening the door to with non-essential travel from the outside.
According to updated data on the Government of Canada website on May 19, the country has 78,499 cases positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus, including 5,857 deaths.