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50,517 Deaths, 462,690 Positives Cases

By Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:31

The Ministry of Health reported 819 new deaths from COVID-19 and an accumulated total of 50,517. A further 6,590 new positives cases since yesterday raised the national total to 462,690

During today’s briefing Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said there are 87,973 suspected cases still waiting for laboratory results.  General bed occupancy is at 43 percent with Nayarit, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila reporting the highest saturations. Occupancy of ICU, or beds with ventilators to care for critical patients, is at 38 percent nationwide.

The epidemiological traffic light has 16 states on red: Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatan and Zacatecas. The remaining 16 states are on orange.

 

As of Thursday, August 6

6,590 new cases (from yesterday)

462,690 confirmed cases nationwide

87,973   under investigation

50,517   deaths

 

Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)

US Dollar              MX$22.39            (0.12%)

BMV IPC               37,998.34             (0.25%)

Dow Jones          27,386.98             (0.68%)

 

López-Gatell calls to rethink second stage

Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said it is essential to rethink the so-called “side B”, or second stage of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, since a prolonged epidemic is being projected. In a virtual meeting with governors and cabinet members, López-Gatell explained that the goal is to achieve a better balance between protecting health and revitalizing both the economy and social life.

 

Olga Sánchez calls governors for support

After the disagreement of nine governors with the federal handling of the health crisis, Minister of the Interior (SEGOB) Olga Sánchez Cordero asked state leaders to start a new stage of collaboration and announced that there will be changes to the COVID-19 risk traffic light. “Today more than ever, staying together is essential to safeguard life and the safety of the entire population,” she said after today’s virtual meeting with state leaders and federal government officials.

 

WHO highlights six vaccine projects

Six developing COVID-19 vaccine projects are in a “very advanced stage,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Three monitored projects are being developed by US’ laboratories Pfizer and Moderna and one in the UK’s AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The remaining three are ongoing investigations in China.

 

Trumps expects vaccine for Nov. 3 Elections

US President Donald Trump said that there is a possibility to get a COVID-19 vaccine before the elections on Nov. 3. “I think in some cases, it may be sooner, just around that time,” he said when asked about that possibility. No other US official has reported such a possibility.

 

Food prices rises, FAO reports

The FAO reported that world food prices rose in July amid the COVID-19 pandemic, led by vegetable oils, dairy products and sugar, extending the rally from the previous month. The FAO price index, which monitors monthly changes in cereals basket, oilseeds, dairy products and meats and sugar, averaged 94.2 points last month compared to June's revised figure of 93.1 units.

 

5.7 million back to work

Before the restart of economic activity employment began to recover in June with the return to the labor market of 5.7 million economically active people, INEGI has reported. According to the third Telephone Occupation and Employment Survey (ETOE), the recovery was driven by the gradual reopening of businesses and companies in non-essential economic activities.

 

Automotive production rises in June

The automotive industry in Mexico recovered from the collapse of last July and the production of light vehicles now exceed 2019 results, INEGI has reported. The sector assembled 294,946 units during the seventh month of 2020, this is 1,911 more cars compared to July 2019 results. Despite production moving back to pre-pandemic figures, exports showed a slight decrease of 5.4 percent in the same month.

Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor

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