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The United States and Canada close their common border to unnecessary movement

19 Mar 2020 10:59 AM

The United States and Canada closed their common border to unnecessary traffic yesterday to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus.

Two members of the US House of Representatives said yesterday that they had tested positive of the Corona virus, becoming the first congressional legislators to become infected.

The news came as the US Senate passed legislation providing more than $ 100 billion in emergency spending for testing the Corona virus free of charge, paid sick leave and expanding safety net benefits.

Trump quickly signed the measure to become law. Hours earlier, the Republican president said he would call the Defense Production Act to allow the government to accelerate the production of medical equipment such as face masks and other protective equipment during the health crisis.

The Defense Act, enacted in 1950 at the start of the Korean War, enables the president to expand industrial production of key materials or products for national security and for other reasons.

On the other hand, Wall Street yesterday continued its decline for four weeks in the face of deep concerns about the spread of the rapid spread and possibly deadly virus, which paralyzed large sectors of the American economy and led to fears of a global recession.

For his part, Trump said that closing the borders with Canada for 30 days was by mutual consent and would not affect trade, the two countries share one of the largest trade relations in the world, and their economies are very integrated.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa that travelers can no longer cross the border for leisure and tourism, adding, "Our government understands that it is extremely important to maintain supply chains between the two countries."

On the other hand, Trump said the U.S.-Mexico border would remain open.


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