Mexico considering closing its border to stop Americans bringing coronavirus into country

Mexico considering closing its border to stop Americans bringing coronavirus into country
The new Nogales border wall completed in 2015, seen from the U.S. side. Concertina wire was added on the U.S. side in 2018. KGUN 9 video, YouTube

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For once, the conversation over closing the US-Mexico border is being driven b Mexican health officials who say they are considering shutting out Americans to keep coronavirus out of their country.

There are currently more than 2,000 cases of the virus in the US and it is spreading rapidly. Forty-three people have died from it.

By contrast in Mexico, there have only been 16 confirmed cases and no deaths.

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At a press conference on Friday, health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said: ‘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.

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