MEXICO CITY – Mexico has proposed to the USA that restrictions on non-essential journey at their shared border be prolonged for one more month as authorities proceed to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the overseas ministry stated on Friday.
The measures can be in place till simply earlier than midnight on Jan. 21 below the proposed extension, the ministry stated on Twitter.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) additionally introduced Friday its land borders with Canada and Mexico will stay closed to non-essential journey till not less than Jan. 21 amid a rising variety of U.S. coronavirus circumstances.
The choice means will probably be as much as the administration of President-elect Joe Biden to find out when it’ll drop the restrictions, first imposed in March to manage the unfold of the virus. Appearing DHS Secretary Chad Wolf stated on Twitter the most recent one-month extension was to “proceed to forestall the unfold of COVID.”
Mexico has seen a complete of 1,217,126 test-confirmed coronavirus cases and 112,326 confirmed deaths, though official estimates of deaths are nearer to 150,000.
Mexico’s coronavirus spokesman stated Thursday the nation’s median age of dying from COVID-19 was a surprisingly younger 55, as in comparison with a mean of 75 in lots of European international locations.
Assistant Well being Secretary Hugo López-Gatell stated that nonetheless, Mexico’s future coronavirus vaccination program would goal the oldest Mexicans first.