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US and Canada suspend nonessential travel between the two countries

The joint agreement is the latest effort by the U.S. and Canada to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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The United States and Canada are suspending nonessential travel between the two countries, President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Details on the agreement are forthcoming, but a Trump administration official told CNN the new restrictions will ensure that business and trade between the two countries can continue.

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The joint agreement is the latest effort by the U.S. and Canada to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, following decisions by both countries to restrict some international travel.

Part of the discussions involve what types of vehicles and individuals would still be allowed to travel between the two countries and for what purpose, the official said. The restrictions will likely allow for significant flexibility.

Unlike travel restrictions on Europe and China, this would be a mutual agreement between the two countries.

"The Canadians have been our friends throughout this and many other crises, and they continue to be honest brokers," the official said.

When Trump was asked at the coronavirus task force briefing whether he was considering closing the U.S. land borders Tuesday, he said, "I don't want to say that, but we are discussing things with Canada and we're discussing things with Mexico, quite honestly, and again, the relationship is outstanding with both, outstanding. We just signed our deal, the USMCA, and the relationship is very strong."