A disturbing graphic from the Johns Hopkins University has sparked a conversation on social media about reopening the Canada-U.S. border in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January, the John Hopkins University developed an interactive map that displays new confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world.  And while the map has changed significantly across the globe since the start of the year, it shows a stark difference in numbers south of the Canadian border. 

Now, the United States is painted with a sea of red, which represents the staggering number of positive cases across the country. In contrast, Canada looks quite bare. With this in mind, the Canadian population is 37.59 million, which is roughly 11.5 per cent of the U.S. population (328.2 million). 

Nevertheless, the number of confirmed cases in the United States exceeds 3 million. In Canada, there are over 100,000.

In June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada and the United States will continue to limit non-essential travel between the two countries until at least July 21. 

Despite mounting pressure from business interests and border communities, however, Trudeau is offering no clues about how the border restrictions will be eased when the time finally comes.

The 30-day restrictions were first imposed in March in the face of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have now been extended three times.

People on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are sharing their thoughts about the interactive map on social media, with many Canadians urging officials to keep the border closed for the foreseeable future. 

One person commented, “A picture can tell a thousand words.”

@fordnation Please work with the PM and all the Premiers to keep the border between Canada and the USA closed. We all worked too hard. pic.twitter.com/WlcvIR74UV

— Barbra Buick (@BarbraBuick) July 7, 2020

Keep the Canada-USA border closed! pic.twitter.com/WiNbP9vOdv

— Jerry Kovacs (@JerryKovacs) July 8, 2020

Please keep the border closed…?

Canada?? #COVID19 cases: 105,536

2,796 Cases per million

230 Deaths per million

USA?? #COVIDー19 cases: 2,996,027

9,051 Cases per million

401 Deaths per million pic.twitter.com/rjIsvoVQyf

— Dr. Jennifer Kwan (@jkwan_md) July 6, 2020

This map is a good example of why the majority of Canadians want the border with the USA to remain closed. Canada ?? has just over 100,00 Covid-19 cases. The USA has close to 3 Million! pic.twitter.com/VzJL0X1ZMS

— 105.9 The Region (@1059TheRegion) July 7, 2020

“Picture can tell a thousand words” — a tale of a #pandemic & two countries.#Canada #USA

Keep our #border closed!

Canadians have spoken. pic.twitter.com/AneJN2QWnX

— Vye One ?? (@VyeOne) July 8, 2020

@JustinTrudeau Per John’s Hopkins University this is a map of NorthAmerica and it’s covid19 cases. Basically telling Canadians ?? to keep the borders to the USA closed. The Brett Romberg’s family is about to become border jumpers and get back to Canada ?? Ozzy #mamaimcominghome pic.twitter.com/KHoXyhpWnO

— Montreal Cane (@Montreal_Cane) July 8, 2020

I am not going to try to get into his mind. I don’t know why he does opposite of what he should. We are the worst in the world.#COVID19

USA and Canada share a 5,525 mile border.

?? 107,197 cases, 8,732 dead

?? 2,852,807 cases, 129,718 dead #sickofallthewinning pic.twitter.com/EcNZVKTbp8

— dora diora noble (@AdorableNstyWmn) July 6, 2020

You can view the map here. 

– With files from the Canadian Press.

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