The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travellers until August at the earliest.

The mutual agreement between the two countries to ban non-essential border crossings is expected to be extended by another 30 days. The ban prohibits travel like vacations and cross-border shopping.

The arrangement has to be reviewed each month, and it’s currently set to expire on July 21. The border was originally closed to non-essential travel on March 21.

As of July 15, the United States has nearly 3.5 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, with a reported 140,000 deaths. They have the highest total number of cases worldwide.

In comparison, Canada is reporting just over 108,000 confirmed cases of the illness, with a reported 8,800 deaths.

In northwestern Ontario, the Northwestern Health Unit has confirmed 42 positive cases of COVID-19 in the area, and 40 of those cases are considered resolved. Nearly 11,000 tests have been taken in our region.

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