8,438 Cases Set New Daily RecordBy Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 07/23/2020 - 21:36
The Ministry of Health reported 8,438 more COVID-19 cases than yesterday: the highest daily increase so far. The total number of infections rose to 370,712 cases while 718 new deaths increased the death toll to 41,908.
Confirmed cases worldwide passed the 15.5 million mark and almost 640,000 deaths, with the US on top of both categories, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.
During today’s briefing the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (CENAPRECE) head Ruy López Ridaura said that 73 percent of the COVD-19 deaths had at least one comorbidity, which are mainly diabetes, cardiovascular disease or obesity. López Ridaura called on the public to be aware of the food they consume, in addition to highlighting the negative impact that sugary drinks and ultra-processed foods have on the immune system.
As of Thursday, July 23
8,438 new cases (from yesterday)
370,712 confirmed cases nationwide
89,547 under investigation
Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)
US Dollar MX$22.48 (0.70%)
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60 percent of companies trimmed production
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Alsea might close 100 units
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