Mexico surpasses 1 million Covid cases

Published November 15, 2020, 11:30 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Mexico surpassed one million Covid-19 cases on Saturday, registering 5,860 new infections over the previous day in a country with one of the world’s highest death tolls from the virus, the government said.

Aerial file photo taken on April 21, 2020 of a burial caravan heading to the Municipal cemetery No. 13 in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, following a request by the authorities to keep a safe distance and not overcrowd the area, as a protective measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)

A total of 1,003,253 people have now tested positive for the virus in Mexico, said health ministry official Ricardo Cortes.

The death toll meanwhile reached 98,259, including 635 registered over the past day, he added.

Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest death toll from the virus behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

It also has the 11th highest number of infections.

Cases have been spiking in a number of areas of the country.

“We probably still need to see the worst,” Alejandro Macias, former national commissioner against the AH1N1 influenza pandemic in Mexico City in 2009, told AFP. 

The government earlier declared a lockdown on March 23, although essential economic activities remained open, with no sanctions for non-compliance. 

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced on Friday the closure of bars for 15 days and earlier closing times for restaurants, cinemas and gyms due to the spike in infections and hospitalizations over the last week.

Sheinbaum also said that daily tests will be increased to 10,000. 

The capital has seen an increase in infections since mid-October and remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Mexico.