PortandTerminal.com, April 17, 2020
The US border states have COVID-19 infection levels that are nearly 11 times greater vs Canada’s border provinces. That scares the hell out of Canadians and it should.
OTTAWA – Canada and the United States agreed to close their border to non-essential traffic back in mid-March to limit the spread of COVID-19. At one point, President Trump even suggested sending the military to patrol the border with Canada. Since then, traffic between the two countries has dwindled to a trickle. According to one source, ports of entry are reporting 90% less car traffic than usual.
President Trump ready to ease travel restrictions
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he’s now prepared to support easing travel restrictions along the Canada-U.S. border sooner rather than later.
Canada is “doing well” in its efforts to control the spread of the virus, Trump said during his daily media briefing at the White House.
“Our relationship with Canada is very good — we’ll talk about that. It will be one of the early borders to be released,” the president said. “Canada’s doing well, we’re doing well — so we’ll see.”
The problem is that Canadians, who look with horror at the significantly higher infection and death rates on the American side of the border, don’t think that the U.S. is “doing well” at controlling the spread of the virus. Not well all. They would prefer to keep the border locked down.
Here are facts
Thirteen American States share the border with eight Canadian provinces including Alaska and the Yukon Territory up north.
The 13 American border states compared to Canada’s 8 border provinces have double the population – 75 million vs 36 million people in total. The US border states though have COVID-19 infection levels that are nearly 11 times greater vs Canada’s border provinces. (295,507 vs 27,539 infections). That scares the hell out of Canadians and it should.
When you compare the death rates between the two countries the situation becomes even grimmer.
The thirteen United States have had 17,497 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Their death rate vs infections is 6.07%.
North of the border, Canada’s 8 border provinces have lost 1,004 people to the virus, with a death rate vs infections of 3.65%, almost half that of their American neighbors.
Betrayed once already
Canadians are also still stung by the recent order of President Trump to block 3M from sending desperately needed N95 medical masks to Canada. Many in the country see it as a betrayal from a neighbor whom they considered their closest friend.
The thought of opening its shared border with the United States, risk importing its much higher infections rates all while knowing that President Trump is an unreliable friend worries Canadians.
Don’t expect to see the US/Canada border opened up for some time yet.
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