Mexico is 7th Place in InfectionsBy Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 07/16/2020 - 21:24
The Ministry of Health reported 668 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the accumulated total to 37,574. Over 6,406 more cases than yesterday raised the national total to 324,041 confirmed infections, of which 48,857 are reported active or with symptoms in the last 14 days.
During today’s briefing, Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía reported that so far 203,464 patients have recovered from the virus.
After today’s results, Mexico passed Chile in the number of confirmed cases to become the seventh country in the list, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data. The ranking is topped by the US, followed by Brazil, India, Russia, Peru and South Africa,
As of Thursday, July 16
6,406 new cases (from yesterday)
324,041 confirmed cases nationwide
82,567 under investigation
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List of companies to relocate to Mexico
The US government will send the Ministry of Economy (SE) a list of companies with potential to relocate their productive activities in Mexico, Economy Minister Graciela Márquez has reported. This was agreed after Márquez met with the US Trade Representative (USTR) head Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross last week. “Both are sending me a list of companies with the potential to relocate not in the United States, but in Mexico,” Márquez said in a virtual meeting with Senators.
MX$20 billion for the 32 states
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ANTAD rules out stores closing for contingency
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