As unthinkable as it might be, the conversation over closing the US-Mexico border is being driven by Mexican health officials who say they are considering shutting out Americans to keep COVID-19 out of their country.
At a press conference on Friday, Mexico’s Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said contagion from the United States was a threat.
“Mexico wouldn’t bring the virus to the United States, rather the United States would bring it here,” he said at a news conference “The possible flow of coronavirus would come from the north to the south.”
“If it were technically necessary, we would consider mechanisms of restriction or stronger surveillance,” he said.
Mexico has confirmed 16 cases of coronavirus with no deaths, a small fraction of the more than 1,800 cases in the US, where more than 41 confirmed deaths have resulted from the virus.