A group of 28 US students that tested positive for coronavirus after traveling to Mexico’s Los Cabos resort area were infected after their return and not in Mexico according to local authorities.
“Due to the date and the incubation period, they returned and became infected there (US), which is the natural course of the illness, and it’s also corroborated by the fact that there are no positive (coronavirus cases) among the workers where they were staying,” said Victor George Flores, the health minister for Baja California Sur, the peninsular state where Cabo San Lucas is located, in a news conference on Tuesday.
The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating and dozens more are under quarantine while being monitored and tested, the city of Austin said in a statement on Tuesday.
Mexico overall has confirmed just over 1,200 cases of coronavirus and 29 deaths, a fraction of the numbers in its northern neighbor.
Critics of the government’s strategy say a relatively low number of tests carried out mean more cases could be undetected.
Baja California Sur had 17 cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday, Mexican health ministry data shows.
Mexico declared a health emergency on Monday and issued stricter rules aimed at containing the fast-spreading coronavirus.
UK coronavirus deaths rise by 27%
The number of deaths from coronavirus in the United Kingdom rose by 27% in the space of a day, according to new figures on Tuesday that a senior cabinet minister described as shocking and disturbing.
The government said 1 789 people have died in hospitals from coronavirus as of 1600 GMT on Monday, an increase of 381 from Sunday, the largest rise in absolute terms yet.
“The increase in the number of deaths is deeply shocking, disturbing (and) moving,” Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said at a news conference, adding that it was not possible to predict when fatalities would peak.
“It depends on the actions of all of us,” he added. “We can delay that peak, we can flatten the curve through our own particular actions.”
Later on Tuesday, a London hospital announced that a 13-year-old boy had died after contracting coronavirus, Britain’s youngest fatality from the pandemic.
Britain initially took a gradual approach to containing the virus compared with European countries such as Italy.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed stringent controls after projections showed a quarter of a million people could die. Johnson has since become the first leader of a major power to announce a positive test result for coronavirus.
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