Mexico is rapidly becoming one of the worst-affected countries from the novel coronavirus in the world. With more than 20,000 deaths, it’s the seventh-highest global death toll, according to the John Hopkins University. Infections continue to grow; just last week Mexico reported a record-high 5,000 new positive coronavirus cases, its biggest single-day jump, this lifts the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 181,000. Although, The government has said the real number of infected people is significantly higher than the official count. Amid this constant raise in the number of coronavirus cases, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is encouraging the public to begin to leave the confinements, although practically the whole country is still in the red of the rankings, this means that the risk of coronavirus infection is currently at the maximum level in every state of the country, according to the government’s “stoplight” map.
Mexico City continues to lead for accumulated Covid-19 cases. The official death toll accounts for 27% of all Covid-19 fatalities. However, the Mayor of Mexico City has ordered to lift restrictions on car traffic and public transport. This came as a result of an intense pressure from the business sector due to the severe economic impact of the pandemic.
Mexico’s economy contracted in the first quarter of the year, as the coronavirus pandemic started to affect industry and services.
Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador said that the coronavirus could cost as many as a million jobs in the country as many industries considered not essential remain shut. But he also said that the slowdown in China’s economy may be Mexico’s gains, as it should allow the country to attract more investment and create jobs.
Lopez Obrador persists to reactivate the economy, saying that there will not be new outbreaks. But With a weak health system, and public officials ignoring the severity of the virus, the country is now feeling the brunt of it.
Workers at crematorium in Mexico have described services as “saturated” as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates across the country, bringing a surge of new infections and deaths. We also have reports from workers in Tijuana who buried coronavirus victims in crowded public cemetery.