Mexico beefs up coronavirus screening along U.S. border over July 4 holiday

Mexico beefed up coronavirus screening along its entry points with the United States after a surge in crossings were expected for the July 4 holiday weekend.

Mexican consulates across United States warned its citizens from crossing the border between July 2 and July 5.

Both, the United States and Mexico banned non-essential travel since March in bid to limit infection spread.

Many people living in regions bordering United States have green cards, dual citizenship – giving them a free pass to cross borders.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau urged people to celebrate the weekend holiday with family virtually. On Friday, long pileup of cars waiting to cross.

Meanwhile, Mexico reported 654 more deaths in the past 24 hours taking the total number of deaths to 29,843. The number of cases surged to 245,251, with 6,740 additions over the past 24 hours.

So far 147,205 patients have recovered from the virus in the country.

Mexico confirmed its first COVID-19 case on Feb. 28 and first death due to the disease on March 19.

Globally over 11.2 million coronavirus cases were reported since the pandemic started in December last year. 530,951 people died.