The United States and Canada have agreed to close their border in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the two governments had decided to close all “nonessential” traffic across the border. In a tweet, Trump 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.”
“This is does not include essential travel or the transit of goods,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a Wednesday press conference.
The United States’ southern border with Mexico currently remains open. However, the New York Times reported yesterday that the Trump administration is planning to turn back all asylum seekers at the border to prevent the spread of the virus.