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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau says border won't reopen until US gains control of COVID-19

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.S.-Canada border would not reopen when its closure agreement expires Oct. 21.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.S.-Canada border would not reopen when its closure agreement expires Oct. 21, saying the U.S. must control its COVID-19 outbreak before he considers reopening.

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USA Today reports Trudeau spoke Wednesday with the hosts of "Smart Start" on Canada's Global Television Network, saying "the U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders."

"We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place," he said.

The U.S. has been averaging more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in recent days, but Canada has been seeing its own surge.

The Canadian government has reported about 31,000 new cases and 372 deaths in the past two weeks, USA Today reported. It has seen 193,000 cases and 9,750 deaths overall.

The total number of U.S. coronavirus cases recorded is approaching 8 million, and there have been more than 217,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins research.

Trudeau also urged those who travel to southern and western areas of the U.S. during the winter to reconsider.

"I know there's a lot of people worried about what's happening south of the border in Florida, Arizona, California and other places where the virus is not under control or less under control than we are here," he said. "The challenges around the health care system being overloaded down there and access to health insurance – making sure you have coverage in case something does happen – are a lot more difficult," Trudeau said.