A day after it was originally reported that the United States plans to close its southern border with Mexico due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, President Donald J. Trump announced that he is closing America’s northern border with Canada, too.
“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!”
The closure seems to make sense for all involved, as Huffington Post Canada reported Monday that half of the coronavirus cases in Ontario were linked to the United States.
Tuesday, The New York Times first reported that in the next 48 hours, the United States will stop processing asylum seekers and illegal aliens from Mexico. Instead, “Border Patrol agents would immediately return to Mexico anyone who tries to cross the southern border between the legal ports of entry,” according to the report.
“Once caught, they would be driven to the nearest port of entry and returned to Mexico without further detention,” the report said.
Tuesday, The Rundown News reported that experts warned of the potential for the illness to explode inside migrant camps for asylum-seekers in Mexico.
The border closures are part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to contain the pandemic which has rocked the globe.
Travel to China, Iran, and Europe have been temporarily halted, while as of Tuesday, 39 American states had declared emergency status. Many states have closed schools, and some have banned large gatherings.
Of the more controversial actions taken to stop the spread of the virus, several states have forced the closure of restaurants, allowing only takeout and delivery to proceed.
The United States eclipsed the 6,000 case mark Wednesday, and the worst of the virus is yet to come, according to health experts.
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