Mexico to keep US border closed to non-essential travel

Mexico plans to extend the closure of its shared border with the United States for another month to non-essential travel, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday. The current agreement runs through Aug. 21, but Ebrard said it does not make sense to reopen the border at this time. “We already told the United...
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Coronavirus in Mexico exceeds half a million infections

This August 13, day 75 of the New Normal, the general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, reported that Mexico exceeded half a million accumulated infections. Currently, Mexico records a total of 505,751 coronavirus cases and 55,293 deaths confirmed by the virus. From the National Palace, he pointed out that there are an estimated...
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Complaints as medical waste piles up outside Mexico hospital

Residents of Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz have complained after photos showed mountains of bagged hospital waste piling up in a patio outside a government hospital. The 10-foot (3-meter) tall garbage pile outside the Adolfo Ruiz Cortines hospital has apparently been growing for a couple of weeks, according to hospital employees and residents of...
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Mexico prepares mass production of COVID-19 vaccine

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, announced that Mexico and Argentina agreed to produce between 150 and 250 million doses of the vaccine against COVID- 19 that Astra – Zeneca and the University of Oxford developed. Through a message issued through their official accounts, the Mexican Foreign Minister stressed that...
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Mexico’s coronavirus death toll passes 53,000

Mexico’s coronavirus death toll passed the 53,000 mark on Monday as the health ministry reported 705 additional fatalities and 5,558 new cases of infection, pushing the country closer to the government’s most negative scenarios. Mexico, which has the third-highest death toll worldwide from the virus after the United States and Brazil, has now reported 485,836...
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Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mistranslations

It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations. Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.” Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of...
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Why the coronavirus is killing so many of Mexico’s healthcare workers

When the coronavirus epidemic began to intensify in Mexico at the end of March, Doctor Jose Garcia said his bosses at a public trauma hospital in Mexico City denied his request for masks, gloves and disinfectant. They argued such protective equipment was only necessary for those working directly with coronavirus patients, Garcia said. Unconvinced, he...
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Mexico nears 50,000 coronavirus deaths, with 829 new fatalities

Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 6,139 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 829 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 456,100 cases and 49,698 deaths. The new numbers put Mexico on track to surpass 50,000 deaths this week. Mexico currently has the world’s third-highest coronavirus death toll, after the United States and Brazil....
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Capture of kingpin offers hope to battered Mexican state

The arrest of one of Mexico’s most notorious crime lords has offered a glimmer of hope to businesses in a central state whose emergence as an industrial powerhouse has been clouded by the bloody gang wars he waged there. The capture on Sunday of alleged drug trafficker and fuel thief Jose Antonio Yepez, alias “El...
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Mexican TV networks to provide home learning for students as schools stay shut

Mexican students will be educated in the next academic year through a home-learning program broadcast by major networks such as TV Azteca until a drop in coronavirus infections allows for schools to be reopened, the government said on Monday. The decision to keep the nation’s schools closed after the Aug. 24 start of the academic...
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Mexico logs over 9,000 new coronavirus cases for first time

Mexico racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running, official data showed. Mexico’s health ministry reported 9,556 new cases of coronavirus, surging past the record of 8,458 set on Friday. The...
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Ravaged by coronavirus, Mexico’s GDP falls record 17.3% in second quarter

Mexico’s economy contracted by double digits in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged Latin America’s second-largest economy and shut factories, kept shoppers and tourists at home and upended trade, data showed on Thursday. GDP fell 17.3% in the second quarter from the previous three months in seasonally adjusted terms, the sharpest drop on...
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