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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, he is discussing travel restrictions between the US and Mexico with his Mexican counterpart to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In a joint briefing, the two of them announced that the US could announce restrictions on travel across the US-Mexico border as soon as Friday.

Pompeo tweeted out:  Working closely with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard “on travel restrictions that balance protecting our citizens from further transmission. Together, we can reduce public health risks and prioritize essential cross-border commerce and trade.”

According to Reuters data, nearly 12,000 confirmed cases of the disease have surfaced in the US with 199 deaths reported. 

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