5,222 Cases Hit New Daily RecordBy Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 06/12/2020 - 21:32
The Ministry of Health reported 5,222 new cases in today’s briefing, the highest daily figure so far. There have now been 139,196 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mexico. The death toll reached 16,448 after another 504 were added in the last 24 hours while active cases amounted for 21,872.
Director of Epidemiology Jose Luis Alomía said states with the highest number of cases are Mexico City with 35,272 and State of Mexico with 22,434, by far on top in the national list. Tabasco, Veracruz and Baja California, each one with over 6,000 cases, follow in the list.
The national availability of hospital beds with ventilators is 38 percent, although it exceeds 60 percent in Baja California, State of Mexico and Mexico City. The occupancy of general beds in the country is at 46 percent, Alomía reported. Globally there are over 7.7 million cases and more than 424 thousand deaths.
As of Friday, June 12
5,522 new cases (from yesterday)
139,196 confirmed cases nationwide
56,928 under investigation
Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)
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Mexico City’s plan to orange light
Starting Monday, the staggered reopening of economic activities in Mexico City will begin, Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum said. In a videoconference Sheinbaum noted that the COVID-19 pandemic was under control in the city, so that from June 15 to 28 there will be a gradual and orderly transition to the orange traffic light. Starting next on Monday the expanded the non-driving day (known as “hoy no circula”) ends and all subway stations will reopen. On Tuesday, 340,000 manufacturing industry workers will resume activities. Minor trade in neighborhoods, department stores, shopping malls and some professional services are also expected to resume activities starting Thursday.
Almost one million jobs lost in pandemic
Between March, April and May, 988,135 jobs listed in IMSS were lost, the health institute has reported. With this drop, the amount of active private sector workers returned to levels last seen on January 2018. As of May 31, IMSS had over 19.58 million workers. Of these, 86.7 percent are permanent jobs while13.3 percent are temporary.
WHO’s call on presidents
The World Health Organization (WHO) asked world leaders to send coherent messages to the population about the COVID-19 pandemic. “There must be consistent messages from national and local governments,” the Health Emergencies head at WHO Mike Ryan said when asked about President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's recommendation to “leave behind fears and leave the confinement”.
López-Gatell to expert panel
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the invitation to Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell to become a member of the expert panel of the International Health Regulations. Through a letter sent to the Mexican official, the agency details that his participation would be for four years as an expert in epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Dollar ends week at MX$22.41
The peso recovered some ground this Friday against the US dollar ending the week with a loss of 3.65 percent, after three consecutive weeks of appreciation. After today’s trading the Mexican currency gained 0.97 percent, or 21 cents, bringing the exchange rate to MX$22.41 according to Banxico.