No immediate plans to shut border with Canada over omicron variant, U.S. says – CBC

Biden spokesperson asked about Canadian cases at White House briefing

Nov 30, 2021

What’s new
The White House says it has no immediate plan to tighten the border with Canada again after new COVID-19 cases involving the omicron variant.

A presidential spokesperson was asked during Tuesday’s daily briefing whether new cross-border travel restrictions were being considered.

“The president’s decisions related to travel restrictions will be based on the recommendations of his health and medical team. They have not advised that to this point,” Jen Psaki told reporters during the briefing, delivered on Air Force One.

“But we will continue to assess what steps we need to take to keep the American people safe.”

What’s the context
Cases of the newly discovered variant have been found in Quebec, Ottawa, Alberta and possibly in Hamilton.

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