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Canada-US border closed for another month

The Canada-US border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.

Traffic moves along the Peace Bridge border crossing between Canada and the US, in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada on March 21. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

The statement Friday by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United States. The land border restrictions aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic were first announced in March and have been renewed monthly.

Many Canadians are concerned about a reopening. Canada has flattened the epidemic curve, reporting 9,000 deaths and 123,000 cases. The US leads the world in confirmed deaths (167,000) and cases (5.2 million), according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Essential cross-border workers such as health care professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. Americans and Canadians returning to their respective countries are exempted from the border closure.

Canada sends 75 per cent of its exports to the US and about 18 per cent of American exports go to Canada.