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  • A poll found that eight out of ten Canadians want the US-Canada border to stay closed until at least the end of 2020, the BBC reported. 
  • Canadians are reporting US number plates to their federal police. 
  • Those who are legally in Canada but have US license plates have reported harassment and vandalism of their cars. 
  • Canadians are concerned that Americans can spread the coronavirus. 
  • The US recorded more than 5.2 million coronavirus cases and accounts for more than a quarter of the world's cases.
  • Canada has reported more than 123,000 cases. 
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Eight out of ten Canadians want the US-Canada border to stay closed until at least the end of 2020, a poll by Ipsos Reid found, according to the BBC.

The border is currently closed for non-essential travel, commercial trucks are still able to pass, and Canadians are worried about the risk Americans pose for the spread of the coronavirus. 

According to Travel & Leisure, Canadians are also reporting American license plates in the country to federal police. 

The situation prompted John Horgan, the premier of British Columbia, to warn Canadians that were driving vehicles with American plates to consider other forms of transportation.

"With respect to those who have offshore plates and are feeling harassed, I would suggest perhaps public transit. I would suggest that they get their plates changed. I would suggest that they ride a bike," Horgan said.

The BBC added, that some people with American license plates have become scared to drive, even if they are legally allowed to be in Canada, and some have reported harassment or vandalism of their cars. 

"They're all scared of driving their cars in the lower mainland because of vandalism, dirty looks and just getting treated as some 'horrible American,'" Len Saunders, an immigration attorney and dual citizen, told the BBC. 

The US has recorded more than 5.2 million coronavirus cases and accounts for more than a quarter of the world's cases. Canada has reported a little over 123,000 cases. 

Canadian residents are concerned by the increase of cases in the US. 

"Montana is directly south of us, is having a second spike of cases right now, and I don't feel sorry for anybody that gets stopped at the border, let's put it that way," Jim Willett, the mayor of Coutts, Alberta, told the BBC. 

America's northern neighbour warned that those who illegally cross the border could face the equivalent of nearly R10 million in fines and six months in jail. If they cause "risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm," the punishment could be the equivalent of R12 million and three years in jail.