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Mexico confirms first 2 coronavirus instances, well being official says

Mexican well being officers introduced the nation’s first two confirmed instances of the novel coronavirus on Friday, saying the sufferers are from Mexico Metropolis and the northern state of Sinaloa.

Mexico’s assistant well being secretary, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, stated a second check remains to be pending for the Sinaloa case, including that medical doctors are “treating this as confirmed,” in accordance with The Related Press.

There at the moment are 54 nations with confirmed instances of the virus, the World Health Organization says.

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Each sufferers are medically secure and at the moment in isolation. 5 “household contacts” of the primary affected person have additionally been positioned in isolation as a precautionary measure, The AP reported. That they had beforehand traveled to northern Italy, the place there was an outbreak of the virus, and returned to Mexico a few week in the past.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tried to calm world fears by characterizing the virus as much less dangerous than the flu, saying: “I repeat, according to the available information, it is not something terrible, fatal… There shouldn’t be any yellow journalism, or exaggerations, to cause a mass psychosis of fear, of terror.”

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A couple wears protective masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus at the airport in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Mexico assistant health secretary announced Friday that the country now has confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A pair wears protecting masks as a precaution in opposition to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus on the airport in Mexico Metropolis, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Mexico assistant well being secretary introduced Friday that the nation now has confirmed instances of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photograph/Marco Ugarte)

U.S. Well being and Human Providers (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urged caution when he spoke to Fox Information on Friday, but additionally claimed most Individuals are unlikely to see a significant change of their day by day lives.

“We have now been very clear from day one which the danger to Individuals at the moment is low, that that might change quickly and that we have to be ready,” he stated on “Bill Hemmer Reports.”

“That’s been our message all through, and that we expect we’ll see extra instances in america,” he continued. “We’re not downplaying. We predict the American folks will be leveled with.”

“We, your authorities are taking this severely, we’re working with Congress, we’re making ready throughout the federal, state and native ranges, however for the on a regular basis American, the danger to them is low and it doesn’t end in a change to their day by day way of life proper now,” Azar added. “However that may change, and we wish to be certain that we’re clear about that.”

Women wear masks over their mouths as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus as they wait to enter as visitors the national hospital that specializes in respiratory diseases, the INER, in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Mexico's assistant health secretary announced Friday that the country now has confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Ladies put on masks over their mouths as a precaution in opposition to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus as they wait to enter as guests the nationwide hospital that focuses on respiratory illnesses, the INER, in Mexico Metropolis, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Mexico’s assistant well being secretary introduced Friday that the nation now has confirmed instances of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photograph/Fernando Llano)

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As of Friday, greater than 83,000 folks have been sickened by the coronavirus worldwide, and 2,861 have died. A lot of the infections, nonetheless, have been in mainland China.

Fox Information’ Joshua Nelson contributed to this report.