Photo: This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. / NIAID / Flickr / February 13, 2020 / CC BY-2.0
The coronavirus, which began in China, has spread around the world. This week the first cases of the disease were found in Latin America.
According to Reuters, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mexico and Brazil. No fatalities have been reported in the Americas from the disease.
On Thursday, February 27, a day before the two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that Mexico was prepared for the coronavirus.
In a press conference on Thursday, Undersecretary for Health Prevention and Promotion Dr. Hugo Lopez-Gatell Ramirez and other health officials assured Mexicans that the country was prepared for the coronavirus.
World Health Organizaiton Executive Director Mike Ryan is confident in Brazil’s ability to manage Covid-19 given its past experience with diseases like zika and yellow fever, according to Reuters.
So far Covid-19 has infected 80,000 people globally and killed 2,800. While most cases are confined to China, the disease is spreading rapidly in other countries, notably Italy and Iran. Two of the three cases identified in Latin America were directly linked to travel to Italy.