US closes land borders to slow virus spread

The U.S. and Canada will suspend non-essential travel between the two countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump said March 18.

“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The administration also said it will turn back all undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers at the Mexico border, citing the virus’ threat to detention facilities.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said, “WHO continues to call on all countries to implement a comprehensive approach, with the aim of slowing down transmission and flattening the curve.” (TAB)