The United States-Canada border will remain closed for the next 30 days. According to a report from the CBC News, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the border will remain closed until at least June 21.
The order was initially set to expire on May 21.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that part of the decision to extend the order was to clamp down on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which has seen reduced cases as the country halted international travel into the country.
“If there is increased volume, we want to make sure that we have the safety of Canadians top of mind. So we want to make sure we not only keep up but also strengthen some of those measures,” she said.
The country will continue to require a 14-day quarantine period for international travelers.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 90,600 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.