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Ottawa, May 29 (Canadian-Media): The task of reuniting the separated families due to the Canada-U.S. temporary border closure, is being considered by Canada's federal government through a slight change of the directives for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau May 29 during his daily news conference, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
The deal of the Canada-U.S. border closure for non-essential travels was mutually agreed to by both Canada and United States in March and has been extended until June 21.
But New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs expressed concern by the Thursday night's call suggesting that moving of the families between Canada and United States could materialize sooner than that.
New Brunswick appeared to have COVID-19 under control and had not seen new cases for a number of days and is now faced with a sudden surge of new cases of COVID-19 pandemic.
It was also reported that the new cases were travel related and linked to a medical professional at the local hospital who had contracted the coronavirus outside the province and didn't self-isolate when he returned.
The head of the Vitalité Health Network said that at least 150 people including 50 health-care workers at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and 100 people in the community were exposed to the medical professional.
Gilles Lanteigne, president and CEO of Vitalité Health Network said that more people were exposed and hoped 500 people to be tested within the next couple of days.
Higgs had raised this issue during Thursday night's weekly call with Trudeau and the premiers.
Higgs said the border remains under federal jurisdiction, but hopes Ottawa would listen to the the concerns of the provinces.
Trudeau said he would continue to discuss with premiers of changes at the border.
While a number of premiers agreed that for compassionate reasons CBSA directives should be modified to reunite the families others had expressed concerns about it.
Trudeau said that his government would continue to look into this matter and that the safety and well-being of Canadians would be the utmost priority.