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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the United States are likely to extend the ban travel is not important until June 21 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic novel, two Canadian government sources said on Wednesday.
Canada and the United States agreed on April 18 to extend border restrictions until May 21 because cases of the disease continue to increase in both countries. Canada is now urging steps to stay in place for another month.
“It’s too early to lift the restrictions, so we are working towards an extension,” a Canadian source said, describing talks with Washington as positive. The second source said that the discussion was collaborative.
The source asks for anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. News of Canada’s request for an extension of the 30s was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Representatives for the Department of Foreign Affairs could not be immediately contacted to comment on the report.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada was “seeing stronger steps” to ensure the virus was not spread by people crossing a long border with the United States, but gave no details.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru and Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Bernadette Baum)
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