Apr 18, 2020 - World

U.S. and Canada close border for 30 more days

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference on March 29 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo: Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to maintain border restrictions for 30 more days to combat the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference on Saturday.

What's happening: President Trump tweeted on March 18 that the neighboring countries reached a "mutual" decision to close their shared border to "non-essential traffic" in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

By the numbers: The U.S. is reporting over 700,000 COVID-19 cases, while Canada is reporting more than 32,000 cases and roughly 1,300 fatalities. Over 37,000 Americans have died from the virus, per Johns Hopkins data.

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