Mexican government bans travel to Mexico due to Zika outbreak
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared a nationwide emergency and ordered travel bans for people in Mexico, a move that will affect millions of people who have been traveling to the country to avoid travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. government.
The decree was issued Saturday by President Peña and President of the Council of State Carlos Videgaray, who has declared the outbreak an emergency.
Peña said the measures are necessary to protect the public from a threat of public health threats, including the spread of the Zika virus.
The order will be implemented immediately by the Interior Ministry, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Interior Minister’s office, and will be subject to approval by the Supreme Court.
“We have declared an emergency and a travel ban is needed for those who are traveling to Mexico to avoid any risk of spread of this virus,” Peña told reporters.
“It’s an emergency measure and it’s not something we can ignore, but we must be vigilant.”
The move comes after Peña issued a travel advisory on Saturday warning travelers from Latin America to avoid traveling to or within the country.
Mexican authorities said they have already detained about 1,000 people in connection with the outbreak and arrested nearly 3,000 others, many of whom are suspected of using fake documents to travel to the U: The Interior Ministry has detained nearly 3.6 million people in the country, including 1.2 million suspected cases, according to the Mexican government.
Nearly 6 million people have been vaccinated, according the government.
Peñas order is part of a broader government strategy to protect Mexico from an epidemic that is threatening the lives of thousands of people in an area with an estimated population of more than 70 million people.
The Mexican government has not announced a timeline for when people in affected areas will be able to return home.
Mexico has seen an unprecedented number of cases in recent days, with the virus now spreading rapidly among some residents in the northeast of the country and among tourists.
The virus is a strain of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that is associated with birth defects.
It was first identified in Brazil in March and has spread across the Americas.
A vaccine has been approved by the U, Canada and Mexico but not yet approved by all countries.
Mexico is the only country to have received a shot of the vaccine.
The U.K., Australia and France have approved a second vaccine, which is still pending.
The WHO has said that the outbreak is spreading from a single location in Rio de Janeiro to at least 15 other cities in Mexico.