Mexico exceeds 1,000 COVID-19 infections with 1,094 cases

Mexico on Monday surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 infections with 1,094 confirmed cases, 101 more than the 993 on Sunday and 28 deaths, eight more than the day before, the country's health authorities reported.

In a press conference at the National Palace, sources confirmed that they also have a record of 2,752 suspected cases of the disease, the first contagion of which was reported in Mexico on February 27.

The Mexican undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, indicated that the number of thousand confirmed cases has already been exceeded, with a stage of slow growth that ended on March 13 and another fast one that requires the declaration of new measures to reinforce the response.

"We are in a phase of rapid ascent and we have insisted that we will see the havoc in phase 3, but that at this moment we are in time to take advantage of the massive restriction measures," López-Gatell said.

With this panorama, Mexico has its "last chance" to control the virus and avoid a catastrophic situation like the one faced by European countries and the United States because a point has been reached in which the transition stops being slow to being "extremely fast", López-Gatell indicated.

The Mexican government has helped repatriate more than 8,000 citizens who were stranded in other countries, according to its secretary (minister) for Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard.

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced a plan to "reactivate the economy" in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, which includes the delivery of "one million credits for small businesses" and to strengthen welfare programs to what is being advanced the payment of two bimesters of aid to the elderly.

The businessmen of Mexico, through the two main employers in the country, the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) and the Employers' Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex), for more than ten days have been urging the Executive to take far-reaching measures to make facing this economic crisis.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a confinement in Mexico would reduce the country's economic production by 29%.

Some experts have predicted falls in Mexico's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of more than 5% by 2020 as a result of the pandemic.


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