Wuhan coronavirus: Mexico confirms first two cases
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While a second test is still pending on that case, he said, "we are treating this as confirmed." Neither is seriously ill; one is in isolation at a hospital, the other is isolated at a hotel.
At least five family contacts of the first patient have been placed in isolation.
He said the men had travelled to the northern Italian region where there has been an outbreak and had returned to Mexico between last Saturday and Sunday.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appeared to downplay the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus, saying "it isn't even equivalent to flu."
Seasonal flu kills more people because it has infected far more people, but the new virus appears to have a far higher mortality rate.
In the central China city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus first exploded, 2 percent to 4 percent of patients have died, according to the World Health Organization.
But in the rest of China, the death rate has been 0.7 percent.
On average, the death rate from seasonal flu is about 0.1 percent.
"I repeat, according to the available information, it is not something terrible, fatal,” López Obrador said.
“There shouldn't be any yellow journalism, or exaggerations, to cause a mass psychosis of fear, of terror." ■