February 28, 2020 / Modified feb 28, 2020 10:24 a.m.

Mexico prepares for the expected arrival of coronavirus

The president says the country is prepared for an outbreak and accused opponents of stoking fears to discredit him.

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico is tending to a small number of possible coronavirus cases, while preparing for an outbreak. And the government is already taking preventive actions.

Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s undersecretary of public health, said the confirmation of Brazil’s first coronavirus case suggests the imminent arrival of the virus.

López-Gatell said 18 people suspected of carrying the disease have been cleared. One more possible case awaits test results in Mexico City.

In the coastal area of Cozumel, health officials are inspecting a cruise ship with two alleged carriers.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that the country is prepared for an outbreak and accused his opponents of stoking fears of a pandemic to discredit him.

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