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Mexico leads in lethality in Latin America, a region already considered the epicenter of the pandemic by the World Health Organization. because of the rapid expansion of cases.  Mexico reports the highest proportion, even higher than Brazil, which has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world, this according to Johns Hopkins University.  In response, Undersecretary of health, Hugo Lopez Gatell, explained that Mexico is overestimating mortality and that the country doesn’t count the mild cases of the disease In Mexico, we have over 70,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and over 7,000 registered deaths. But Health officials have acknowledged that the true death toll is higher, but difficult to estimate due to a low testing rate. A Reuters review of data showed that mortality rate could be at least 2.5 times higher than the government’s tally. Despite the situation, Mexico has started its re-opening plan with a 4-color coding…

Mexico’s food banks are in higher demand than usual as they try to ensure food security for the entire country. Several social initiatives are rising to the challenge of providing food to people who’ve lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Valeria Leon has the story.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BeUOlVWPrI&t=2s

Mexico City’s homeless population is being aided by a Mobile Clinic, donated by the Turkish Government in October. Inside this medical unit, doctors are able to check on patients and isolate those who test positive for COVID-19. The more than one hundred patients who visit each week are given information regarding the illness while waiting their turn to see a doctor. My story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCDMBih6opw&feature=emb_title

For the second time in less than a month, 8-month-old Matias tested positive for COVID-19. His mother, Mariana was first infected in Spain. She passed the illness on to her son when she returned home to Mexico, making him the first baby with Coronavirus in the country. To avoid the spread of misinformation and prevent other mothers from infecting their babies, Mariana launched a campaign using her case to draw attention to the risk that children face. According to Dr. Carmen Espinoza reports that children were somehow immune to the virus have been extremely detrimental. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHXosncZ1zI

2020 Women’s Day March in Mexico march marks the biggest feminist mobilization in the country’s history.  Thousands of protesters have gathered at the monument to the revolution to raise their voices against the continued killings of women.  The country classified a thousand killings as femicides last year,  and most of them were the culmination of domestic violence.  This fight against gender-violence is the first big social movement to form during the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in Dicember 2018.  https://twitter.com/TRTWorldNow/status/1236841694378840064

Hundreds of migrants are wading across a river from Guatemala to Mexico in a new test of President Trump’s immigration strategy. The migrants want free passage across Mexico to the U.S. border and Mexico’s government rejected that. Under pressure from the U.S., the Mexican government has refused to grant the migrants free passage to the U.S. border. Last year more than four caravans with Central American migrants tried to cross through Mexico to reach the U.S. but they got stuck on the border. President Trump sent troops to the border in order to stop the flow of undocumented migrants. https://youtu.be/vg2ktwv5Esw Mexico faced tariff threats by U.S. President Donald Trump last year if it didn’t crack down on Central American migrants making their way through the country to the U.S. border. In response, it sent tens of thousands of national guard troops to both borders. As a result, crossings into the U.S.…

After Evo Morales left the military jet that Mexico’s government sent yesterday to retrieve the Bolivian leader who offered his resignation following weeks of protests over allegations of election fraud. He was greeted by Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. Welcomed him saying: “You are home and you’re alright.” Ebrard met Morales at the capital’s airport where he Spoke briefly. He thanked Mexico’s President for “saving his life.” He said he decided to step down for the people.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxCt4eeNJkg&lc=z23tfxihesqbsvuuiacdp434atqde55dbhwkcls3qsxw03c010c The effort to bring former Bolivian President Evo Morales to exile in Mexico was very complicated as some countries closed their airspace to the flight. At first, Bolivian authorities granted permission and the plane set off from Peru Monday. Then Bolivian officials revoked permission and it started back to Peru. Finally Bolivia allowed the plane in. But then Peru wouldn’t allow it to return. Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister says that caused a delay…

Mexican government captures and releases Ovidio Guzman, son of the jailed former drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, after a fierce battle with gunmen. The capture of Joaquin ‘el Chapo’ Guzman’s son, Ovidio Guzman, led to heavy gun battles between suspected cartel members and the security forces across the northern city of Culiacan, which is the capital of Sinaloa, where El Chapo”used to ran the Sinaloa cartel, one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world. Following the arrest of his father in 2016, 29-year-old Ovidio Guzmán is believed to have played a key role in the Sinaloa cartel. He is one of four children from Chapo’s second marriage. He is wanted, together with his elder brother in the US on drug-related charges, including cocaine trafficking. https://youtu.be/9T9jTW1MIlo After he was captured this afternoon by security forces,  local media reported that main roads out of the city were blocked…