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Mexico has 5 cases of coronavirus

Two cases are result of students studying abroad in Italy, where there is an outbreak

Sierra Juarez   | 02.03.2020
Mexico has 5 cases of coronavirus

QUERETARO, Mexico

The Mexican government confirmed over the weekend that there are now five people with coronavirus in the country.

The country’s Ministry of Health released a report on Sunday saying that there were also 11 people who are suspected of having coronavirus. They’re currently being tested.

The confirmed cases are in the states of Coahuila, Chiapas, and Sinaloa. There are also two people with coronavirus in Mexico City. All of the people are in isolation and receiving treatment.

The people with coronavirus in Coahuila and Chiapas had been studying abroad in Italy, where there is a coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Health also said in the report that about 60 people have been tested for coronavirus but received negative results.

Because of this, the Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell said Mexicans should not panic if they start to feel coronavirus symptoms.

“If right now someone has these symptoms, it’s most likely that it’s because of the flu and not because of the coronavirus,” he said in a press conference on Sunday.

The government is recommending that people regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their faces, and cough and sneeze into a tissue or the corner of their arms.

Over the weekend, Ecuador’s government also announced six cases of coronavirus.

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