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For the previous two weeks, the U.S.-Canada border has been closed in an effort to restrict the unfold of coronavirus. Nonetheless, between 1,500 and a couple of,000 of Detroit’s well being care staff reside in Windsor, simply over the border in Ontario.
Important staff, together with these in commerce and commerce, are nonetheless in a position to cross the border.
Consultants have pegged Detroit as the following coronavirus hotspot: Michigan has almost 11,000 confirmed circumstances and 417 deaths, the overwhelming majority of which have been in Detroit.
In the meantime, Ontario as an entire has round 3,255 circumstances and solely 67 deaths. Round a 3rd of Windsor’s 128 circumstances are well being care staff who commute to the U.S. for work.
Some native leaders have referred to as for additional journey restrictions to raised restrict the unfold.
This week, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens in regards to the subject.
“[Dilkens] could be very centered on it, as are the native MPs, and he has been in very shut contact with all — he reported to me that he is been in shut contact with each the Canadian hospitals and the U.S. hospitals,” Freeland mentioned.