The borders between the United States and its two neighbors, Mexico and Canada, will remain closed to travel, non-essential, until 20 August.
July 16, 2020 17h51
The tour of the United States to keep their borders with Mexico and Canada is closed until 20 August
WASHINGTON — The border between the United States and its two neighbors, Mexico and Canada, will remain closed to travel, non-essential, until 20 August to curb the epidemic of coronavirus, announced Thursday the minister of homeland Security.
The measure took effect march 20 and 21, respectively, and extended each month since, comes as the United States beat these last days of new daily records of contamination, particularly in the south and west of the country.
The minister, Chad Wolf, however, has hailed the “success of the existing restrictions and the close cooperation with Mexico and Canada” in order to justify this decision.
This “close cooperation with our neighbors has allowed us to meet the COVID-19 with a north american approach, and slow down the spread of the virus through travel”, he added.
“Canada and the United States agreed to extend by one month the border measures already in place, until 21 August, has announced that the canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
The closing of the borders of the United States with its two partners in the free trade in north america had been decided by the u.s. Centers for prevention and disease control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
This measure shall remain in force until “the introduction of new cases of COVID-19 in the United States has ceased to represent a serious danger to public health”, had stated, in march, the director of the CDC Robert Redfield.
Only are authorized the trade of goods and merchandise and trips are considered essential.
The United States, the country most grief-stricken by the pandemic, identified Thursday 3.5 million cases and about 137 500 people dead.
Mexico is also one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, with nearly 318 000 and 37 000 deaths, while Canada has nearly 110,000 contamination and 8900 deaths.
The leaders of several canadian provinces have expressed their opposition to any reopening of the border, the longest in the world (8900 km).
More than 400,000 people cross each day in normal times, and the exchange of goods and merchandise total $ daily $2.4 billion.
Trade between Mexico and the United States, for its part, reaches nearly $ 577 billion US $(781 $ billion) by 2019. The u.s. market is the destination of 80% of the exports of Mexico.