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Mexico, Seventh Highest Death Toll in World

By Ricardo Guzman | Sat, 05/30/2020 - 21:08

The Ministry of Health reported 364 new deaths from COVID-19 in Mexico in the last 24 hours, bringing the national total to 9,779. Another 2,885 cases were added to the country’s count, meaning there are 87,512 in total.

The rise in deaths means Mexico now has the seventh highest death toll globally after passing Belgium, while Spain in fifth place sits very far ahead in fifth place with 27,125 confirmed deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.

During today’s briefing, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell reported that 270,992 people have been tested, of which 144,486 have gave negative results. Mexico City, the State of Mexico, Tabasco, Puebla and Baja California head the top five entities with the most cases, while Jalisco’s infections are also increasing.

The official detailed that the incidence of active cases nationwide is 12.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.

General hospital occupancy nationwide is at 40 percent, while for seriously ill patients it is 35 percent.

 

As of Saturday, May 30

2,885     new cases (from yesterday)

87,512   confirmed cases nationwide

38,994   under investigation

9,779     deaths

 

President thanks companies for paying pending taxes

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked companies that agreed to pay Treasury (SAT) pending taxes without starting legal processes and said the Mexican economy is recovering despite the COVID-19 pandemic economic impact. “I want to thank managers and owners of these corporations for accepting the call that we all act in accordance with the law,” he said in a video recorded in Palenque, Chiapas. López Obrador referred to Walmart's MX$8.1 billion payment for taxes from the sale of Vips restaurants to Alsea in 2014, Femsa’s MX$8.8 billion payment after a litigation on taxes paid abroad, and IBM’s MX$669 million debt. The president said this crisis caught the country off balance but did not knock it down. He called for everyone’s support to work together on the recovery.

 

Mandatory masks in Mexico City

The use of masks will be mandatory in Mexico City, for both inhabitants and people in transit. “It will be obligatory for all the people that live or transit in Mexico City the use of masks and ‘respiratory etiquette’,” stated the city’s Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum publication in the Official Gazette.. Etiquette refers to carefully coughing and sneezing, ideally covering the mouth and nose with an arm or tissues, and no spitting in public places.

 

Office protocol returns detailed

The Ministry of Labor (STPS) published a document with provisions that companies and staff must comply with once they resume activities. The agency has recommended citizens avoid the use of jewelry, ties and reduce their facial hair. Social distancing measures (over 1.5 meters of space among coworkers and in all public spaces and preventing physical contact) should also be respected in workplaces. Return to offices will be feasible when the traffic light is yellow, which is expected between August and September. Then companies must opt ​​for staggered hours and days.

 

More supplies arrive from China

Fifty intensive care respirators and 1.2 million masks arrived last night at the Mexico City International Airport from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) reported. Ventilators were purchased by ISSSTE with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), while the masks were bought by INSABI. “Both ISSSTE and INSABI have the support of the National Guard for custody and transfer of supplies and medical equipment that will be sent to different parts of the country,” SRE reported.

Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor