Mexico’s factories still reeling from coronavirus

Mexico’s factories were still hurting in August from the coronavirus pandemic, with production falling and firms cutting workers, though the pace of deterioration in business conditions eased for a fourth straight month, a survey showed on Tuesday. The IHS Markit Mexico Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index MXPMIM=ECI stood at 41.3 in August compared with 40.4 in...
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Mexican president gains popularity during pandemic

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s approval ratings have risen during the coronavirus pandemic, with a majority of surveyed voters applauding his campaign to crack down on political corruption, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Lopez Obrador now holds a 65% approval rate, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 voters in face-to-face interviews conducted...
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Mexico City’s 2nd oldest church burns amid homeless takeover

Authorities promised Monday to erect a barricade around Mexico City’s second oldest church after a weekend fire damaged the tower, choir, an organ and stained glass. One homeless person was rescued from the fire at the Santa Veracruz church and the Archdiocese of Mexico noted the church had been broken into by homeless people “several...
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Mexico records 5,824 new coronavirus cases, 552 more deaths

Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 5,824 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 552 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 585,738 cases and 63,146 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Today marks exactly six months since the first...
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Mexico slumps to ‘Great Depression’ economic lows

Mexico’s economy could contract by almost 13% this year, the central bank warned on Wednesday, after GDP data showed the pandemic lockdown had thrown the country into the deepest slump since the Great Depression. Offering some rays of hope after lowering its economic forecast for the year, the Banco de Mexico suggested in its quarterly...
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Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 563,705, deaths reach 60,800

Mexico’s health ministry on Monday reported 3,541 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 320 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 563,705 cases and 60,800 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, director of Epidemiology at...
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Scale of pandemic in Mexico ‘under-recognised’, says WHO

The scale of the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico is “under-represented” and “under-recognised” and testing is limited, the World Health Organization’s Dr Mike Ryan said on Friday. He told a Geneva briefing that testing in Mexico worked out at about three people per 100,000, compared with about 150 tests per 100,000 people in the United States....
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Mexican president volunteers to try Russian coronavirus vaccine

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would volunteer to be among the first to try a Russian vaccine for the novel coronavirus if it proved effective. Moscow’s decision to approve the vaccine and produce here the first batches after less than two months of human testing has raised concerns among some...
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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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