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7,280 Infections Set Another Record

By Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 07/09/2020 - 21:21

The Ministry of Health reported there are 282,283 accumulated COVID-19 infections after a new record was set today with 7,280 new cases reported. This is the second record set in two  consecutive days. Among the total infected, there are 48,708 active cases.

Deaths from the new virus now total 33,226, after 730 new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

In today’s briefing Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said there is a downward trend in estimated cases and deaths throughout the country. “We practically already have three epidemiological weeks, the 24, 25 and 26, with a downward trend. We continue seeing a slowdown in the epidemic,” he said.

 

As of Thursday, July 9

7,280     new cases (from yesterday)

282,283 confirmed cases nationwide

80,988   under investigation

33,526   deaths

 

Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)

US Dollar              MX$22.64            (-0.47%)

BMV IPC               36,795.95             (-1.84%)

Dow Jones          25,706.09             (-1.39%)

 

Next week decisive for Mexico City

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that next week will be decisive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, after 15 days will pass since orange traffic light was effective in the city. “Next week we are going to see how the pandemic evolves. If there are more hospitalizations or more infections. From there we will make some decisions,” she said.

 

Double digit contraction in 2020

Prospects for Mexico's economic growth remain uncertain despite the partial reopening of some sectors and regions are driving a mild recovery, Banxico has warned. Even though during June the government started the return to the so-called “new normal”, the governing board of Banxico agreed that the prospects for economic growth deteriorated, and now is projecting a double-digit contraction for 2020.

 

Joint effort for vaccine

Mexico and the US will collaborate to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Roberto Velasco said. In a briefing after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visit to Washington, Velasco said US Vice President Mike Pence promised to continue working to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on this issue. Mexico’s Ambassador to the US Martha Bárcena said President Lopez Obrador and President Donald Trump discussed mostly the COVID-19 pandemic during yesterday’s meeting in the oval office.

 

WHO head calls for unity

After the US formalized it is leaving the World Health Organization (WHO), the international office head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called, tearfully, for international unity to stand together to fight COVID-19. “The divisions between us are causing the virus to gain ground. We won’t be able to defeat the pandemic if we are divided,” he said from Geneva.

 

School back only with green light

To guarantee health and safety of all students and teachers, the start of the 2020-2021 school year will be decided on the epidemiological traffic light of each state, the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) reported. SEP head Esteban Moctezuma said that the return will only be allowed when a state has reached the green light in the epidemiological traffic light.

 

Bolivia president test positive

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Áñez reported that she tested positive for COVID-19. “I will be in quarantine for about 14 days until I do a new test to see how I am. I feel strong and will continue to work virtually from my isolation,” she said in a video message.

Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor