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Canada and the United States have reached an unprecedented deal to close the shared border to non-essential travel, as both countries try to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Canada and the United States have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the border, as both countries try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected,” tweeted U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday morning.

Soon afterwards, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference where he said travellers will no longer be able to cross the border for recreational and tourism purposes.