Canada Says Anyone Caught Crossing Border Outside Designated Entry Points Will Be Subjected To 24-Hour Coronavirus Screening

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The Canadian authorities is implementing a brand new coverage in response to the coronavirus outbreak that can see anybody caught making an attempt to enter the nation exterior designated ports of entry be compelled to bear a 24-hour medical screening.

Speaking at a press convention on Tuesday, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair stated these caught crossing into the nation irregularly would nonetheless be allowed to enter, however they might be required to bear the medical screening first and will doubtlessly face quarantining, if deemed mandatory.

Already, Blair stated, Canada has launched an “enhanced border officer presence” alongside its border in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has to date affected 598 folks in Canada, in response to an internet tracker maintained by the Johns Hopkins University.

“Officers are on the lookout for any traveler who looks sick or who reports that they are feeling symptoms,” Blair stated.

A spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency instructed Newsweek that the state of affairs was “evolving rapidly and details are being finalized as quickly as possible.” They stated the company would offer an replace on the coverage’s enforcement as quickly as one turns into obtainable.

Since February 2017, when the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada started monitoring irregular border crossings, Canada has seen at the very least 54,739 folks claiming refugee standing. As of December 2019, 12,255 of these had been accepted, whereas 10,627 have been rejected and 29,843 instances have been nonetheless pending.

Canada’s response to the coronavirus outbreak at its border differs from that being carried out within the U.S., with the Trump administration anticipated to announce a brand new rule that might drive anybody caught coming into the nation exterior designated ports of entry on the southern border turned again to Mexico.

Canada Says Anyone Caught Crossing Border Outside Designated Entry Points Will Be Subjected To 24-Hour Coronavirus Screening
A line of asylum seekers wait to cross the Canada/U.S. border exterior a delegated port of entry close to Champlain, New York on August 6, 2017. The Canadian authorities has introduced new border measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty

According to The New York Times, the federal government is predicted to announce a brand new rule requiring Border Patrol brokers to instantly return anybody who tries to cross the U.S.-Mexico border exterior designated ports of entry again to Mexico.

Citing 4 administration officers, The Times reported this week that the Trump administration plans to cease holding asylum seekers and migrants who cross into the nation in U.S. amenities and as a substitute return them to Mexico.

Otherwise, the officers instructed the newspaper, designated ports of entry will stay open to U.S. residents, in addition to to inexperienced card holders and others with legitimate documentation who aren’t affected by present restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Among those that are affected by restrictions are Europeans, who’ve been barred from touring to the U.S., with exceptions made for U.S. residents and their relations.