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Mexico will not close borders or restrict flights due to coronavirus: Ministry of Health

Hugo López Gatell, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, stressed that measures will be reinforced at international airports to detect the arrival of people affected with COVID19.

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Hugo López Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health, announced that for the moment Mexico will not close its borders or restrict the arrival of international flights due to the advance of the coronavirus . However, the official stressed that prevention measures will be reinforced at international airports to detect the arrival of people affected with Covid-19 .

Mexico will not close borders or restrict flights due to coronavirus: Ministry of Health
Mexico will not close borders or restrict flights due to coronavirus: Ministry of Health

López Gatell reported during his participation in the presidential morning press conference that the screening will be scaled to identify people who may have symptoms early, through temperature monitoring and through symptom questioning.

“This measure is already applied from the early stages of the outbreak, but it was focused on flights coming from China and will now be expanded to flights from 10 countries with active transmission,” said the undersecretary.

It should be remembered that a few hours ago the World Health Organization (WHO) ordered the declaration of a pandemic due to the Covid-19 coronavirus in the world and the President of the United States Donald Trump ordered the restriction of the entry of flights from Europe to the Union. American for the next 30 days.

In this regard, López Gatell stressed that “it is not intended to restrict international travel to Mexico, or to close borders, or to close seaports. These measures do not have a solid scientific basis ”and on the contrary, according to the official,“ closing borders and airports usually has “very serious economic and social consequences”.

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