The U.S.-Canada border has been closed down for non-essential travel, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday morning amid the viral pandemic.
“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!” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
It came two days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would close the countrys border to non-citizens other than Americans. Trudeaus wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, contracted the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
“I know this news will spark concern,” Trudeau told reporters on Monday. Anyone who has the new virus symptoms wont be able to enter the country, he added.
“We will be denying entry into Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents,” he said outside his house, where he is currently under self-quarantine for the disease. The prime minister has shown no symptoms.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020
There have been reports saying that the United States may opt to quickly deport migrants, including those seeking asylum, who cross the southern border. The alleged plan hasnt yet been announced or confirmed yet, but The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets have said it may be in the works.
“The president is 100 percent focused on protecting the American people from the coronavirus, and all options are on the table,” said Heather Swift, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, in a statement.
All foreign nationals from China, some European countries, and Iran have been barred from entering the United States. It includes anyone who visited these countries within 14 days of their attempt to enter the United States.