Trump: US, Canada temporarily shut border to 'non-essential traffic'

Montreal (dpa) - The US and Canada have agreed to temporarily shut down their land border to "non-essential traffic," President Donald Trump tweeted.

"Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" Trump wrote.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to hold a press conference in Ottawa later Wednesday.
Trudeau has been under increasing pressure domestically to shut down the border to non-essential travellers given the much faster pace of the Covid-19 outbreak in the US.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday the two countries were coordinating their response to the pandemic and measure at the border.

Wednesday, March 18th 2020

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