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Hours after U.S.-Canada border closure extended to October 21, Trump says it 'opening pretty soon'

World Sep 19, 2020 10:35AM ET
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said border restrictions between Canada and the United States because of the novel coronavirus pandemic would be lifted "pretty soon", just hours after the two countries confirmed they would remain in place until at least Oct. 21.

"We're looking at the border with Canada. Canada would like it opened and we want to get back to normal business," Trump told reporters in Washington. "We're going to be opening the borders pretty soon."

There was no immediate explanation from the White House for the discrepancy or what Trump meant by "pretty soon."

On Twitter, Canada's Minister for Public Safety Bill Blair confirmed a month-long extension of border restrictions. "We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe."

Sources in Washington and Ottawa this week said the measures on the border would most likely have to be rolled over until at least the end of November.

The month-long extension announced earlier on Friday, which does not cover trade or travel by air, follows restrictions first imposed in March and rolled over several times as a means to contain the spread of the virus. They were due to expire on Sept. 21.

The United States has similar restrictions on the border with Mexico and these will also now be in effect until Oct. 21, said Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of COVID-19," he said in a tweet.

The United States is the worst-affected nation in the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reported 6,613,331 cases of the new coronavirus and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,224 to 196,277.

Cases have also started to spike in Canada, where the chief medical officer said on Thursday that authorities could potentially lose the ability to manage the pandemic.

Hours after U.S.-Canada border closure extended to October 21, Trump says it 'opening pretty soon'
 

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Jack Doe
Jack Doe Sep 20, 2020 12:29PM ET
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I wish they would just announce an indefinite border closure until the the virus is under control. We all know the border won't open until the US fix their own problem first.
Greg Hamilton
OptionsTrader Sep 19, 2020 10:53AM ET
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I see canadian vehicles with plates all the time in the US.. northeast region.
Adrian White
Adrian White Sep 19, 2020 10:53AM ET
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That's because a lot of Canadian nurses have been helping out at American hospitals.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Sep 19, 2020 10:45AM ET
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Who cares. Reuters try to make news out of air.
Jim Divers
Jim Divers Sep 19, 2020 10:42AM ET
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Is 4 weeks not prettysoon now days? Just trying to make another news story.
Dan Hodel
Dan Hodel Sep 18, 2020 10:37PM ET
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I miss traveling to Toronto, Montreal, and Newfoundland to see relatives. With Trump as President, i don’t have that right anymore. I don’t blame Canada, will be visiting family next year, when Trump is in prison, and America is a better place.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Sep 18, 2020 10:37PM ET
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Maybe President Trump will open it for everyone but you during his second term... yeah.. that'd be awesome.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Sep 18, 2020 10:37PM ET
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U can travel to canada if u show them u dont have covid at the border. U r canadian, they let u in.
Ultra Vires
Ultra Vires Sep 18, 2020 8:31PM ET
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Canadians are smart, they don't want us in, practically the whole whole don't want Americans visiting their country. We are the laughing stock of the world. Thanks alot tRump!
Alistair Munslow
Alistair Munslow Sep 18, 2020 6:22PM ET
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There is no "back to normal" happening any time soon or probably ever. It is clear to any rational human being that the world has changed and we probably will never go back to the way thing were before. Getting back to buisness as usual is now a complete fantasy.
Vv Pp
Vv Pp Sep 18, 2020 6:18PM ET
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you know what to do.. build a wall lol
Picaso Fish
Picaso_Fish Sep 18, 2020 6:12PM ET
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This man has done such an incredible job shocking the world that he cannot continue to succeed because expectations have become too high. This outrageous stunt doesn't seem outrageous anymore!
David David
David9 Sep 18, 2020 5:31PM ET
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There is no way the border will open. Flu season is upon us and the WHO said there will be a big spike. The West does not know how to do containment so it will be very difficult to control.
Adrian White
Adrian White Sep 18, 2020 5:31PM ET
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There are plenty of countries in "the West" who have done a good job of containment. The biggest challenge that the US has, compared to more socialist countries, is everybody's insistence on personal freedom above everything else. I'm all for personal freedom, as long as it doesn't hurt other people, but in the case of a pandemic, people need to (temporarily) sacrifice a little personal freedom for the greater good of society at large.
 
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