Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1090 In Mexico As Country Declares Health Emergency
As on Tuesday, there are now 28 deaths and another 2,752 undergoing tests
A national health emergency has been declared by Mexico’s federal government amid the accelerated spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as the number of cases surpass 1,090.
Mexico’s top health officials and various presidential cabinet members declared a national health emergency during a streamed news conference to allow better coordination between federal agencies in response to the crisis.
Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatell said the confirmed cases jumped from 993 to 1,094 on Monday.
As on Tuesday, there are now 28 deaths and another 2,752 undergoing tests.
Lopez Gatell added they were requesting a complete shutdown of non-essential businesses and for the public to stay home.
“We have been given an opportunity to slow this down,” he said, claiming the virus would peak in weeks if there were no action.
But if the public stays indoors, the virus would reach a lower peak in June with fewer fatalities.
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, said businesses that do not comply with the shutdown could face fines or forced closures.
“It would be suicide for a business to not follow the recommendations,” Ebrard said.
Earlier this month, Mexico called for its northern border with the United States to be closed off to stop the spread of the virus.
Mexican Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said at the time:
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"Mexico wouldn't bring the virus to the United States; rather, the United States would bring it here."
"The possible flow of coronavirus would come from the north to the south."
"If it were technically necessary, we would consider mechanisms of restriction or stronger surveillance," he said.
President Donald Trump tweeted:
"To this point, and because we have had a very strong border policy, we have had 40 deaths related to CoronaVirus."
"If we had weak or open borders, that number would be many times higher!"
Earlier this week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said a lockdown across America to halt the spread of the coronavirus could last 10-12 weeks, or until early June.