Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described feeling concerned about the COVID-19 situation in the United States.

Speaking about the Canada-U.S. border closure, he told Global News that while the economy may benefit from restarting travel, his priority is to keep Canadians safe.

"We can’t talk about recovering our economy until we have this virus under control," he said. "And actually controlling the virus is the best way to help our economy grow."

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Right now, the situation, the United States continues to be of concern. So we’re going to make sure we’re keeping Canadians safe as best as we can.

Justin Trudeau

“Canadians can be deeply reassured to know that various orders of government are always going to work together to keep them safe, unlike some other places we see around the world,” the PM added.

This comes as travel restrictions between the two countries were extended until November 21.

Speaking last week, the Canadian PM made it clear that the two countries’ borders would not be reopened until America’s COVID-19 case count has stabilized.

“[...] We keep extending the border closures because the United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders," he said on October 14.

The U.S. President and Trudeau have sent out some mixed messages with regard to the ongoing border closure, with Trump suggesting that he’d like to restart travel between the two countries.

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