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Mexico will maintain border restriction with the US due to COVID


A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent speaks with people as they cross the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, California, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

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Mexico plans to extend the closure of its border with the United States for another month to all non-essential travel, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard reported Thursday.

The current agreement runs through Aug. 21, but Ebrard said it makes no sense to reopen the border right now.

“We have already told the United States that we are of the idea that it should be prolonged, because of what we have in the strip on their side,” said Ebrard in reference to the rebound in cases in the southwestern United States.

The travel restriction across the common land border was first announced on March 18 and has been renewed every month. It has also included the border between the United States and Canada.

“The border could not be opened right now,” said Ebrard. “It wouldn’t be logical that we change it right now, then it would be another month.”

Mexico has reported some 500,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and some 55,000 deaths, both figures considered lower than the real ones due to the limited amount of tests.