Mexico is warning of a ‘potentially threat’ for tourism, as it faces a major outbreak of the coronavirus.
“Tourism is one of the key industries in the country,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.
“There is a need for caution on the part of foreign visitors in order to maintain their confidence and enjoy the country.”
The ministry also warned that the risk of further spread is “very high”.
The country is home to around 2.5 million foreign visitors, making it one of Latin America’s most popular destinations.
The tourism sector accounts for nearly half of the country’s GDP.
Tourism has suffered in recent months due to the outbreak, with many travellers turning back.
But it is expected to rebound in the coming weeks as the coronacovirus spreads.
The statement said tourism was a “high priority” of the government and that there were no known cases in Mexico, adding that the country had also identified “critical” areas for protection.
Mexico’s health ministry said it had already begun to detect new cases and that “significant progress” had been made in detecting new cases.
But some experts are sceptical of the ministry’s figures, as they do not include new cases in a region where the coronave virus has been circulating for a while.
The health ministry did not provide details about the number of new cases it has identified, but it said in April that it had detected two cases of the virus.
Mexican officials said last week that a total of 6,872 cases of coronaviruses had been recorded in Mexico over the past 18 months.
The country has recorded more than 8,000 deaths from coronavirosts since the outbreak began in December.
“The government of Mexico is committed to the fight against this threat and will continue to work with the international community to achieve this goal,” the ministry said.