Mexico and the United States extend border restrictions due to COVID-19 • Hola News

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Mexico, Oct 16 (EFE News) .- The Governments of Mexico and the United States will extend restrictions on non-essential land traffic on their common border for another month, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) reported this Friday.

The extension of the restrictions was proposed by Mexico to the United States after reviewing the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in both countries, the SRE explained on Twitter.

In Mexico, several countries raised their risk level again from yellow to orange at the epidemiological traffic light due to COVID-19, which has already left 85,285 deaths and 834,910 confirmed cases.

“The restrictions will remain in the same terms in which they have been developed since their implementation on March 21,” when the two countries approved limiting non-essential land traffic along their more than 3,000 kilometers of border.

The SRE confirmed that the two countries will be coordinating health measures in the border region until November 21, 2020, when it will be decided whether they continue or are lifted.

On March 21, Mexico and the United States closed their borders for non-essential travel, that is, those for recreational or tourist purposes.

In addition, they have also slowed down open migration processes in the United States, leaving, according to NGOs, thousands of migrants stranded on the northern Mexican border.

On the other hand, the established restrictions do not prevent the commercial transit of food, fuel, medical care equipment and medicines across the border between the two countries.

Mexico’s border with the United States, which stretches for more than 3,000 kilometers, is also one of the busiest in the world with more than a million people crossing each day and exchanging goods and services worth 1.7 billion dollars a day.

In Mexico, COVID-19 is the fourth cause of death below heart disease, diabetes and malignant tumors, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

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