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President Donald Trump addresses the nation

President Donald Trump has announced the United States will close its northern border with Canada to non-essential traffic as a means of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!” Trump announced via Tweet on Wednesday morning.

His announcement followed a similar directive that came Monday from Canada in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was closing that nation’s borders, albeit with an exemption for US citizens.

It was announced several days ago that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Trudeau’s wife was diagnosed with the coronavirus as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.