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Health officials confirm 3 cases of coronavirus in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — Health officials have confirmed three positive cases of Coronavirus in Mexico, two in Mexico City and one in the state of Sinaloa. The Covid-19 coronavirus was confirmed after the three returned to Mexico from Italy.

After the announcement, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Hugo López-Gatell noted the three cases do not constitute a health emergency. “This is not going to be in the context of a national or health emergency,” he said.

During the press conference, López Gatell explained “It is not possible, in any country in the world, to have zero cases. What you can do is keep the spread of the virus at bay and in control. We would succeed if we managed to keep small community outbreaks in control.”

He said that so far, the cases registered in Mexico City and Sinaloa are related to another suspect, since they were probably infected at the same time in Italy.

“In this case they are associated (to the same outbreak), to a group that came from Italy. People who most likely got infected while being together in the same area north of Italy,” he explained.

The Director General of Epidemiology José Luis Alomia, added that the three confirmed cases were infected from the same source on February 23 in Italy.

Photo: Government of Mexico

After a meeting of the National Committee for Health Safety and the National Emergency Committee, Hugo López-Gatell added that they defined three scenarios of the epidemic, “epidemiological situations of virus transmission and we are in the initial, import.”

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