Mexico Metropolis suspends non-essential actions as virus circumstances rise

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Mexico City and the neighboring state of Mexico will cease all non-essential activities starting this weekend as the number of coronavirus cases has risen, the mayor said on Friday.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said only essential activities like selling food, energy, transportation, manufacturing and financial services are allowed.

The new measure is valid until January 10th.

Sheinbaum said Mexico City has “nearly 75 percent of its hospital capacity” and admissions have increased, despite repeated calls on the population to reduce their non-essential movements.

A total of 23 million people live in Mexico City and the state of Mexico. The rising number of deaths has made it necessary “to take exceptional measures,” said Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Undersecretary of State for Health.

The governor of the Mexican state, Alfredo del Mazo, said his state will also “take drastic measures to slow the infection rate”.

Mexico, a country of 128.8 million people, has recorded nearly 1.3 million infections and more than 116,000 deaths.

There have been more than 277,000 cases and more than 19,500 deaths in Mexico City alone.

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