The Mexican state of Sonora tightened its border restrictions prior to the July 4th holiday in the United States, which is usually a difficult time for tourism as coronavirus cases occur in America.
"We will all be on alert at this point to prevent them from coming, whether we are Mexicans living in the United States, Americans, or those who spend the weekend and want to put more strain on us about COVID," Sonora governor Claudia Pavlovich said in a statement to the Arizona Daily Star on Thursday. Sonora's beaches, which are popular with Arizona tourists, would remain closed to discourage travel, Pavlovich was quoted by the Wall Street Journal.
Sonora closes its unnecessary travel limit on Saturday and travelers at checkpoints in Nogales, Agua Prieta, Sonoyta and San Luis Rio Colorado could be turned away.
These developments are due to the fact that the United States reported a record 52,291 new cases on Thursday, about 1,000 more than the previous day. This comes from data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
Arizona is one of the hot spots in a group of U.S. states where the novel coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19 has recently reappeared. The other states include California, Texas and Florida, which themselves had a record 10,000 infections a day.
In Arizona, an increase in fatal disease has left intensive care units at 91% of its capacity, CNN reported, citing government data.
According to Johns Hopkins, Mexico was also affected by the pandemic with 245,000 cases and nearly 30,000 deaths. However, according to the journal, the death tool could be over 50,000, citing data collected by a state population agency that checked death certificates nationwide.