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“A complete economic shutdown would be very difficult for this country not to exclude it because, of course, we will protect the health of Canadians and we will do the right thing,” said Health Minister Patty Hajdu as the Liberals continued to retire from cabinet.
New cases of COVID in several provinces have reached unprecedented numbers since May and there have been long lines at testing centers and a slight increase in hospitalizations.
Canada-U.S. Border closure set to extend through November, Ottawa cools down to more exemptions
The United States and Canada will likely extend border restrictions until at least the end of November, as coronavirus cases soar in some states, according to well-positioned sources in Washington and Ottawa.
The sources also said Canadian officials were showing little enthusiasm for suggestions from U.S. officials about easing some of the short-term measures.
The month-long ban, which does not cover trade or air travel, was first imposed in March and has been extended several times. The current range of restrictions expire on September 21.
COVID-19 controls tighten as cases rise and second wave looms
The looming prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 this fall prompts governments to cautiously monitor daily infection rates as economies reboot and students return to school.
A widespread return of the economic and social restrictions that closed businesses and schools and canceled public events in March is not the preferred option, but there may be no choice, say politicians and officials. health officials.