Canada Says US Border To Remain Closed To Non-Essential Travel | Voice of America


Canada announced on Friday that the border it shares with the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel for an additional month, as the United States continues to dominate the world in terms of COVID-19 deaths and coronavirus infections.Many Canadians remain concerned about the border reopening after Canada successfully flattens its epidemic curve.

Canada has more than 123,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 9,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. In contrast, the United States has more than 5.3 million cases, a quarter of all cases worldwide and more than 168,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

FILE – People eat in food court at Eaton Center shopping mall after restaurants, gyms and movie theaters reopened indoors under phase 3 rules of coronavirus disease restrictions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada , July 31, 2020.

Canada, which first announced the border restrictions in March, made the announcement a day after Mexico announced similar restrictions on its border with the United States.

Spain announced a new set of restrictions on Friday to contain an increase in coronavirus cases. Health Minister Salvador Illa said all discos and nightclubs would be closed across the country. He also said it would be banned from smoking in public areas if smokers could not stay at least two meters from other people.

A man smokes on a terrace bar in Barcelona, ​​Spain, August 14, 2020. Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa has announced a series of new nationwide restrictions to help fight an increase in cases of COVID-19.

Spanish authorities have registered nearly 50,000 cases in the past two weeks, an average of around 3,500 new cases per day.

In Paris, authorities are expanding areas of the city where pedestrians are required to wear face masks, including the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the area around the Louvre, as cases continue to rise in the country. France has nearly 250,000 cases and more than 30,400 deaths.

Meanwhile, an issue in California’s COVID-19 reporting system has underestimated the state’s cases by 300,000 cases, state officials say.

Nurse practitioner Debbi Hinderliter, left, collects a sample from a woman at a coronavirus testing site near the ...
Nurse practitioner Debbi Hinderliter, left, collects a sample from a woman at a coronavirus testing site near the nation’s busiest crosswalk in San Diego on August 13, 2020.

According to a New York Times database on Friday, California is the first U.S. state to reach more than 600,000 cases of COVID-19, with nearly 11,000 deaths.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Friday that while the number of cases in California increased, the number of confirmed infections as a percentage of tests performed had risen from 7% to 6% statewide in the past two weeks.

“I’m not going to back down on more testing because I’m scared (more cases),” Newsom said.

The U.S. Postal Service warns it cannot guarantee that all mailed ballots for the November election will arrive in time to be counted as the country accelerates preparations for more mail-in votes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the Postal Service had sent warning letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Many states have facilitated postal voting to address voters’ concerns about public gatherings in electoral districts during the pandemic.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said he had hoped the United States would now be in a better place with the coronavirus.

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks at a House subcommittee ...
Dr.Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a House subcommittee hearing on the coronavirus crisis, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

“We are definitely not where I hoped we would be, we are in the midst of a very serious historic pandemic,” Dr Anthony Fauci said during a National Geographic panel discussion on Thursday.

Even though President Donald Trump said this week that he expects the epidemic to be “in good shape … in a very short period of time,” Fauci said the number of cases would continue to rise at unless the federal and state governments can work together.

There has not been a single coordinated strategy between Washington and the states on how to tackle the epidemic. Some states have mask mandates and maintain restrictions, while others do not require masks in public places and have relaxed the rules on social gatherings.

Some states are seeing the number of cases increase while hot spots such as Arizona, California and Florida improve and “now have, fewer deaths, fewer hospitalizations, fewer cases,” Fauci said.

Fauci said the coronavirus will likely never go away, but health officials can work to bring it down to “low levels.”

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attends a press conference in Geneva.
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attends a press conference organized by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 epidemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said governments must “do it all” – test, isolate and treat patients, trace and quarantine everyone they have come into contact with .

Other experts warn that unless world leaders take further action to contain it, the coronavirus could be just as, if not more deadly, than the 1918 flu pandemic, which is believed to have killed 50 million people in the world. world.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open looked at New York City.

He says that even when doctors take into account technology, life-saving drugs and information that didn’t exist 100 years ago, the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the first two months of the year. epidemic was “significantly larger” than the peak of the 1918 epidemic.


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