COVID-19: 10 Mexicans return home from Wuhan after quarantine in France

17/02/2020
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13:51
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Teresa Moreno
COVID-19: 10 Mexicans return home from Wuhan after quarantine in France
The Mexican citizens were welcomed by Mexican officials - Photo: Taken from Bernardo Aguilar’s Twitter account

COVID-19: 10 Mexicans return home from Wuhan after quarantine in France

17/02/2020
13:51
Teresa Moreno
Mexico City
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The Mexicans spent 14 days in quarantine in Marseilles, France

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The 10 Mexican citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan and quarantined in France have arrived in Mexico. They requested to leave the Chinese city, which was the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and the French government reached an agreement with Mexican authorities so that the Mexican citizens could board the flight sent to Wuhan.

The Mexicans who evacuated China are Daniel Stamatis Portugal, Martín Gutiérrez Nabor, Reydesel Morales Ruiz, Valeria Díaz Hernández, and a family of six.

The 10 Mexicans spent 14 days in Marseilles and none of them have COVID-19 symptoms, which has killed at least 1,775 people worldwide.

Once they arrived in Mexico, the Mexican citizens were welcomed by officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Health Ministry. They arrived on a commercial flight.

The Mexicans decided to leave China after the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, especially since it was difficult to obtain food and when Chinese authorities started to implement more strict measures and forbid people to leave the city.

According to the Health Ministry, the 10 Mexicans fulfilled the contention and isolation norms dictated by France and all of them are healthy and show no signs of COVID-19; therefore, they are not a “sanitary risk for their families and friends in Mexico.”

On Twitter, Juan Manuel Gómez, Mexico’s ambassador in France, said Mexicans received a medical certificate that corroborates they do not have symptoms of the virus.

Bernardo Aguilar, Mexico’s general director for Europe, under the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said the Mexican citizens who live in Wuhan “are not being evacuated, the people who want to leave can do it. We’re in touch with everyone and we don’t have information about a possible contagion. There are approximately seven people in Wuhan, we don’t have information about any of them having problems.”

In a statement, the Mexican government thanked the French government for flying the Mexicans out of Wuhan and the Chinese government for the cooperation and help.

Until now, there are no COVID-19 cases registered in Mexico.

Worldwide, there are 51,857 cases confirmed and 1,775 people have died.

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