Thousands Americans turned back at Canadian border

Published on : Thursday, August 13, 2020

During this pandemic, large numbers of Americans are ruing away to Canada as infections in their home country is increasing very steeply.
As the country has set another new record for fresh cases of coronavirus with over five million people infected currently.

At the weekend, the US President, Mr. Donald Trump, has signed executive orders to provide an extra $US400 ($550) per week to the tens of millions jobless people during the current health crisis, less than the $US600 ($830) per week level passed earlier in the year.

Even though the extra cash will lessen the monetary pressure faced by few Americans, it’s a modest approach to cheer up a country that is currently in grief.

Some 162,700 Americans, as of Monday morning, have lost their lives from the coronavirus – more than any other country.

In the meantime in Canada, the death rate due to coronavirus has been roughly half that of its southern neighbor. And now, some Americans are keen on escaping to Canada.

From March 2020, when the virus started to spread massively, both the US and Canada had shut down their borders to all non-essential traffic.
The Canadian border patrol had made a rule to stop Americans from crossing the border in their caravans and RVs as they usually opt during the summers.

However, it came out that this tradition was wrongly exploited by many Americans which were popularly known as the ‘Alaska loophole’.

As an alternative of accepting the fact that they’re trying to sneak into Canada, few travelers have been allegedly telling the border authorities that they’re only passing through on their way to Alaska.

As per police data collected by Canadian news site Richmond News, almost 13,000 foreigners were said no from entering Canada between March 22 and July 22. Of those, 11,321 were Americans.

Annoyed with the invasion of American tourists, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has started cracking down new rules.

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