Drivers wait to cross through Canadian customs at the Canada-US border in Surrey, British Columbia. Canadian officials say the border is likely to remain closed to non-essential traffic for the foreseeable future [File: Jesse Winter/Reuters]

Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel that was imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak, although a final decision has not been taken, two Ottawa sources familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency on Monday.

The ban, introduced in March, has been extended several times and is due to expire on July 21. The measure does not include trade.

Infections have risen rapidly in about 40 of the 50 US states over the last two weeks, and the premiers

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