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Mexico City Bed Occupancy at 80 Percent

By Ricardo Guzman | Sun, 06/07/2020 - 20:44

Mexico-s COVID-19 death toll rose to 13,699 on Sunday after 188 new deaths were reported by the Ministry of Health  during the daily briefing. A further 3,484 positive cases drove the national total to 117,103, of which 19,629 are reported as active.

Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said that over 336,395 people have been tested so far, and 173,975 have tested negative. Accumulated suspected cases stands at 45,317.

Alomía recalled that in the traffic light effective next week all entities are in red, the highest risk level. He said general hospital beds occupancy is at 80 percent in Mexico City and at 79 percent in State of Mexico. Occupancy of beds with ventilators is at 67 percent in the State of Mexico, 65 percent in Baja California and 62 percent in Mexico City.

Globally there are over 6.8 million confirmed cases of which 23 percent are active. The global fatality rate is 5.8 percent

 

As of Sunday, June 7

3,484     new cases (from yesterday)

117,103 confirmed cases nationwide

45,317   under investigation

13,699   deaths

 

World Bank approves US$1 Billion Loan

A US$1 billion loan to Mexico “to strengthen development financing policies given the COVID-19 crisis was approved by the World Bank (WB). The loan was requested on May 19, 2020 before the Executive Board of the international organization and approved on May 31 with an initial commission of 0.25 percent of the total amount. Supporting companies to protect jobs, increasing household income and provide liquidity in the financial system are priorities to overcome the crisis, according to WB. Deputy Minister of Finance (SHCP) Gabriel Yorio said the loan does not represent any additional debt. “This loan is not in addition to the debt ceiling approved by Congress and is within the limits of external indebtedness authorized by the Federal Government in the Federal Revenue,” Yorio said.

 

Eight-day tour justified

The eight-day tour of five states was necessary because the country cannot remain immobilized, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “We have to get ahead. We must move towards new normality and reactivate economic activity,” he said on why he decided for this tour during high COVID-19 infections and death rates. While supervising the Isthmus of Tehuantepec railroad works, the president said he will seek to prevent the privatization of  public projects, such as the Interoceanic Corridor.. He also said a federal and state partnership will be needed for the railroad connecting Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and Salina Cruz, Oaxaca ports, a section of track included in the railroad project.

 

IMSS to check on temporary disabilities

Given the increase in work disabilities registered by IMSS, mostly in four entities and the Valley of Mexico, Ministry of Labor (STPS) will carry out an inspection program to assess the compliance of companies to safety measures.. In the first week after the “return to the new normal”, there are 80 companies identified for inspection, STPS head Luisa María Alcalde said.

 

Another 85 ventilators from China

Another flight from China with medical supplies is expected to arrive in Mexico tonight. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard reported. The 17th flight in the airlift between China and Mexico is bringing 85 ventilators that will be delivered to INSABI. Ebrard thanked undersecretary Martha Delgado and diplomatic representatives in the Asian country for their support.

Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor