Toronto (AP) — the United States, Canada and Mexico are willing to extend their agreements to keep their common border is closed to non-essential travel until August 21, said Tuesday officials.
The agreement will allow to extend the closing for another 30 days. A person familiar with the matter said that the final confirmation from the United States, Canada, the agreement has not yet occurred, but it is likely. The official was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement this week, and spoke on condition of anonymity. The restrictions were announced March 18, and was extended in April, may and June.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Mexico, said through Twitter Tuesday that “after analyzing the development of distribution COVID-19” Mexico proposed to the United States government that they would increase restrictions on travel to U.S.-Mexico border for more than 30 days.
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said this week that the decision on the border will be announced later this week.
“We will continue to work hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economies flowing, and we’ll have more to say later,” said Trudeau.
Mexican foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Friday that the hole between the US and Mexico “it wouldn’t be prudent right now,” given that coronavirus cases “States in the southern United States, California, new Mexico, Arizona and Texas are on the rise.”
Most Canadians are afraid of renewal. The US has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any country in the world, while Canada has flattened the curve of the epidemic.
“We did a good job flattening the curve. We have averaged about 300 cases per day. In the US they have about 60,000 cases per day,” said Dr. Howard Njoo of Canada’s Deputy chief public health officer.
“Canadians have many sacrifices and we see the fruits of our labor. We don’t want to waste these efforts by recovery of the virus in Canada,” he said.
Njoo suggested that the border may open, if Canada and the United States had a similar situation in a number of cases and contact tracing. “They don’t have a good handle or control,” he said. “It will take some time … it’s a matter of several weeks and months, or a month or so, not days.”
For cross-border workers as medical workers, airline crews, and truck drivers are still allowed to cross. Truck drivers are critical as they move food products and medical goods in both directions. Most of the supplies Canada food comes from or through the United States
Americans returning to the US and Canadians who return to Canada are exempt from the closure of the border. Close relatives of Canadians allowed to enter Canada, but should quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days.
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