COVID-19 cases are hitting record daily highs in a large number of U.S. states — which would make any resumption of pre-pandemic travel a significant health threat to Canada. The senior government officials have confirmed that the agreement to restrict travel across the Canada-U.S. border will be extended into August. The agreement, which has to be reviewed each month, was set to expire on July 21. It’s now being renewed for the fourth time since the border closed to non-essential traffic on March 21.
The extension comes after Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy public health officer, said the border closure continues to make sense from a public health perspective because of the differences in the epidemiological climates in the two countries. “Canadians have made tremendous sacrifices to date in terms of flattening the curve and we’re seeing the fruits of our labours,” Njoo said. “We don’t want to waste these efforts by potentially reintroducing the virus into Canada and increasing the risk of further transmission.”
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