State Department Advises Against All International Travel; Trump to Partially Close U.S.-Mexico Border

By Washington Examiner. The U.S. State Department advised the public to avoid travel to other countries as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep around the globe.

The department placed all international travel under a Level 4 advisory. In an alert, the department wrote, “In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

Last week, the department placed international travel at a Level 3 restriction, advising all passengers to “reconsider international travel.” (Read more from “State Department Advises Against All International Travel” HERE)

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Trump to Partially Close U.S.-Mexico Border

By Politico. President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S. and Mexico have agreed to temporarily close the border to nonessential travel to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

U.S. and Mexican officials have been in talks this week over how to work together in responding to the global pandemic while ensuring that bilateral trade and essential travel are not disrupted at the border. It’s a similar move to the U.S. and Canada’s decision on Wednesday to impose travel restrictions at the northern U.S. border.

“Both countries know the importance of working together to limit the spread of the virus and ensure the commerce that supports our economy continues to keep flowing,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a White House press conference. “The United States is glad to have a friend that is working side-by-side with us in the fight.”

The U.S.’ agreement with Mexico and Canada to restrict nonessential travel will go into effect on Saturday. (Read more from “Trump to Partially Close U.S.-Mexico Border” HERE)

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