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Last Updated : Jun 22, 2020 08:45 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Coronavirus pandemic | Mexico City halts reopening amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Mexico City had been hoping to reopen hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. This has now been delayed until novel coronavirus infections drop.

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A planned reopening of businesses in Mexico City has been delayed until coronavirus infections drop, its mayor has said. This came after COVID-19 cases surged in the Mexican capital, reports suggest.

For easing the lockdown as part of its 'traffic-light' system, Mexico City had been hoping to reopen hotels, restaurants and shopping centres on June 20.

Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that the capital would remain at ‘red’ — the highest level of lockdown — until next week. Sheinbaum added that hospital-bed occupancy was at 65 percent and case numbers had not decreased to the point where opening the economy would be possible.

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"The activities we announced... cannot open, we’re going to wait for the infections to reduce," the Mayor said.

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Deaths toll in Mexico has increased to 21,825 — one of the highest in the world. Experts suggest that the pandemic has not reached its peak in the country.

Mexico has reported a total of 1.8 lakh COVID-19 cases till date, according to Johns Hopkins University CSSE. There have been concerns about insufficient testing.

Mexico City is the worst-affected area in the country.

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First Published on Jun 22, 2020 08:45 am
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