First 2 coronavirus cases in Mexico confirmed

Hugo Lopez-Gatell Ramirez speaks during the daily press briefing at the National Palace in Mexico City on Aug. 2, 2019. (AP)

Mexico’s health secretary announced Friday that the country now has two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

Hugo Lopez-Gatell said one of the patients is in Mexico City and the other in the northern state of Sinaloa, and neither is seriously ill.

At least five family contacts of the first patient have been placed in isolation. He said one of the men had contact with someone who had traveled to the northern Italian region where there has been an outbreak.

Brazil on Wednesday confirmed Latin America’s first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in a man who traveled to Italy this month.

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