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Trump admin looking to link US spike in coronavirus cases to Mexico: AP

Trump admin looking to link US spike in coronavirus cases to Mexico: AP
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Trump administration officials have reportedly looked to link travel from Mexico to growing cases of coronavirus in the United States, even as states reopen and roll back restrictions, according to The Associated Press.

Officials familiar with talks inside the White House told the AP that a meeting of the coronavirus task force on Thursday included discussion of looking into finding common threads between new outbreaks of COVID-19 in southern states. Arizona, Texas and other southern states have seen their cases spike in recent days. 

The Hill did not immediately hear back from the White House for a request for comment.

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This week Texas set back-to-back records for new cases of the virus. Several southern states have seen week-over-week growth and public health officials believe in some cases they are seeing a spike from gatherings held around Memorial Day weekend.  

According to The Associated Press, many spikes have been seen among the Hispanic community, leading the task force to look into whether those cases are tied to travel between the U.S. and Mexico.  

Mexico has been fighting its own battle with the virus, and has seen climbing cases as other parts of the world begin reopening. The nation has sparked international criticism for its approach to handling COVID-19 cases in recent months.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has had more than 133,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 16,000 deaths. Meanwhile, the U.S. has climbed to more than 2 million cases and more than 113,000 deaths.

While it's not impossible that cases could be linked to international travel, the U.S. has had far more cases and many states have reopened and rolled back restrictions in recent weeks. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE has cracked down on immigration during the pandemic and restricted the borders.

Last month, the administration finalized a rule meant to extend the administration's closure of borders and which would also ban the "introduction of certain aliens" until the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that the coronavirus no longer poses a threat to public health.