The Mexican government has not received any official statement from the United States about possible restrictions on its border to the coronavirus crisis, as President Donald Trump suggested on Saturday, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) reported.
“Both governments have maintained close and effective communication, especially the health authorities, becoming another example of the fluid and good bilateral cooperation that prevails in the relationship of both countries,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
In the bulletin, the SRE recalled that there are four cases of COVID-19 in Mexico, compared to 22 in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Despite this scenario, Trump said he is evaluating “very seriously” to impose restrictions on entry to his country through the border with Mexico, where on Saturday the Government of Coahuila, a state of northeastern Mexico, confirmed the fourth case of coronavirus in the country .
After hearing the news of the first victim in America, where two cases have also been confirmed in Brazil, Trump ordered to ban entry to the United States of all those who have visited Iran in the last 14 days.
“We are also thinking of the southern border, yes, we are thinking of (restricting the entry into the country from) the southern border,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House after the death of a woman over 50 in Seattle area.
In its position, the Mexican Foreign Ministry argued that the Ministry of Health implements mitigation measures, according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and similar to countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.
“(He is) staying alert at the points of entry into the country, in order to inform and assist people who manifest symptoms related to COVID-19 and come from countries with local community transmission of this new disease,” he said.
Even so, he reiterated his will “to cooperate with the US government in order to safeguard the health of the population of both countries.”
The first confirmed cases of coronavirus appeared Friday in Mexico, where there are two infected patients in Mexico City, one more in the northwestern state of Sinaloa and the most recent in Coahuila.
Federal authorities have ruled out that there is a national emergency for the disease, arguing that all are “imported cases” related to trips to northern Italy.