Canada-U.S. border closure extended through Oct. 21 amid rising coronavirus cases

The U.S. and Canada border will remain closed until at least Oct. 21 in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to U.S. Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf.

Wolf took to Twitter Friday morning and announced the border closure extension, which was set to expire Sept. 21.

“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through October 21,” he tweeted.

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to “discretionary” travel like vacations and shopping trips since mid-March — it does not cover trade or travel by air. The agreement has been extended on a monthly basis.

As of Friday, Canada has reported 142,879 coronavirus cases and 9,249 deaths. By contrast, the U.S. has reported 6,678,382 cases and 197,696 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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