Mexico is not preparing for coronavirus outbreak

by Laura Mize · Mar 17th, 2020 12:09 pm

While life is changing daily for Americans trying to stop the spread of coronavirus, Mexican authorities are doing little to prepare for their own outbreak, according to The Federalist.

Mexican health officials have warned that a widespread outbreak in the country is "inevitable." Meanwhile, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been mingling with crowds, holding rallies, and embracing supporters.

"You have to hug, nothing is going to happen," he said recently. "The misfortunes, the pandemics… are not going to do anything to us."

Mexico had 41 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, all from people who have recently been outside the country. At least one Mexican physician believes many more cases actually exist. Mexico still has not implemented travel restrictions, border restrictions, or health screenings at customs stations. Large scale public gatherings, such as soccer matches and concerts, continue.

An outbreak in Mexico could also put Americans at risk, due to the slew of migrant camps south of the U.S.-Mexico border and regular travel by aid groups into such camps.


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