Last updateFri, 27 Mar 2020 10am

Jalisco clear of coronavirus; infection rate outpacing SARS

Jalisco health authorities report that three people in the town of Tepatitlán tested negative for the coronavirus, the new highly contagious respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year.

At press time, the number of cases worldwide had risen to nearly 8,000, with 170 fatalities, all of them in China.  Tests have detected 100 cases in more than a dozen other countries, including the United States, Germany, France and Canada.

As yet, no coronavirus cases have been confirmed anywhere in Mexico.

The Wuhan coronavirus comes from the same family of viruses as SARS, which killed some 800 people.  There were 5,327 SARS cases in China and 8,000 across the world between November 1, 2002, and July 31, 2003, according to the World Health Organization.

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