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Canadian and Mexican Borders to Remain Closed an Additional Two Weeks

The closures were extended as U.S. cases rise uncontrollably

Nonessential travel between the U.S. and its two closest neighbors -- Canada and Mexico -- is expected to remain blocked until at least late August amid spikes in confirmed coronavirus cases in large swaths of the U.S. Two Canadian government sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN Tuesday that the border with Canada is expected to remain closed until at least August 21. Later on Tuesday, the Mexican Foreign Ministry announced that it was extending its border restrictions, also until August 21.

The decisions to extend restrictions on both the northern and southern border come as the more than half of U.S. states have paused or rolled back reopening plans and confirmed cases in the country approach 3.5 million.

The extended restrictions on travel between the U.S. and Canada will include stepped-up enforcement and surveillance at most Canadian land borders in the coming weeks, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized the speak publicly on the matter.

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