Mexico is considering closing its border to stop Americans from bringing the coronavirus into its country, the UK Daily Mail reports.
“Mexico wouldn't bring the virus to the United States, rather the United States would bring it here,” Mexico’s health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said during a press conference on Friday.
“The possible flow of coronavirus would come from the north to the south,” he said.
There have been 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mexico and no deaths, while 41 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S.
“If it were technically necessary, we would consider mechanisms of restriction or stronger surveillance,” Lopez-Gatell said.
President Donald Trump is suspending all travel from Europe to the United States effective at midnight on Friday night. He already banned travel from China.
The president tweeted that if the United States had “weak or open borders” the number of COVID-19-related deaths would be higher.
“To this point, and because we have had a very strong border policy, we have had 40 deaths related to CoronaVirus. If we had weak or open borders, that number would be many times higher!” Trump tweeted.