Visitors arriving at Ciudad Juarez are tested by the Mexican health authorities. - Luis Torres / EFE / SIPA
After Brazil and the United States, Mexico is crystallizing concerns on the American continent. The country became Saturday the 5th country in the world the most mourning by the Covid-19, ahead of France, with 30,366 deaths, according to an official count of the Mexican Ministry of Health.
"As of today, 30,366 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the laboratory have died," José Luis Alomia, national director of the epidemiology department of the Ministry of Health, told a press conference. Health.
3rd most affected country on the continent
The official also reported 252,165 confirmed cases of contamination with the new coronavirus, 6,914 more people than on Friday, a record since the outbreak of the epidemic in this country. Mexico, with 127 million inhabitants, had already exceeded Spain in number of deaths last Wednesday and was then the sixth most affected country.
On the American continent, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic, Mexico is the third most affected country after the United States and Brazil. Since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in Mexico in late February, health officials in that country have adjusted their death estimates, which initially stood at 8,500.
Concerns in Mexico City
At the end of May, Hugo Lopez Gatell, the vice minister of health in charge of the fight against the pandemic, had declared in an interview with AFP that if measures of containment were not taken, the number of deaths could be amount to around 30,000. Mexico City, the capital, is the city most affected by the disease. This did not prevent the municipal authorities from beginning a partial economic reopening in early July.
Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum warned on Friday that some central stores had failed to meet strict reopening conditions and ordered their closings until Monday.
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