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Mexicans fear looting spree as shops robbed, online messages incite theft

Mexicans on Wednesday feared measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak would lead to widespread looting after criminals robbed stores that were closed and posted calls on social media for people to ransack businesses. Police in Mexico City arrested 10 people on Tuesday night who tried to rob shops in four neighborhoods, the city’s security ministry...
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Coronavirus could hit Mexico’s high obesity, diabetes rates

The coronavirus pandemic could be especially deadly in Mexico because of the country’s high rates of obesity and diabetes, a coalition of consumer and health advocacy groups said Wednesday. The Alliance for Food Health said in a report that four of the first five coronavirus deaths in Mexico involved people with diabetes. Mexico has the...
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Mexican governor says poor are ‘immune’ to coronavirus

The governor of a state in central Mexico is arguing that the poor are “immune” to the new coronavirus, even as the federal government suspends all nonessential government activities beginning Thursday in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus. Puebla Gov. Miguel Barbosa’s comment Wednesday was apparently partly a response to indications that...
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Mexico City grows quieter as mayor moves to stem coronavirus spread

The streets in the heart of Mexico City usually clogged with bikers most Sundays grew noticeably quiet after the mayor ordered a popular outdoor event suspended along with other measures, even as the president has so far avoided such action. The Mexican capital’s Sunday bike circuit usually draws some 50,000 participants, mostly bikers as well...
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Riu announces gradual closure of hotels in Mexico due to coronavirus

The Spanish hotel chain Riu announced Thursday the gradual closure of hotels in Mexico due to measures by the COVID-19 pandemic and the enormous impact on tourism caused by travel restrictions imposed by various countries. Through a press release, the hotel chain announced that they hope to keep one or two hotels in operation in...
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Mexican coronavirus tally rises to 118, one reported death

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico rose on Wednesday to 118 from 93 a day earlier, the Mexican health ministry said. There are currently 315 suspected cases currently waiting test confirmations. “Of the cases, 59 percent have been male and 9 percent have required hospitalization, not necessarily because of presenting a serious illness,”...
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Mexico joins Latin Americans in canceling Mass amid pandemic

Archbishop Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina of Santa Cruz called for solidarity four days after a coronavirus patient was turned away from several medical centers in the eastern Bolivian city. Staff members at the hospitals said they were overwhelmed and could not handle the case, according to Bolivian news reports. The 65-year-old woman, who had been...
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Credit Suisse sharply cuts Mexico’s 2020 GDP, sees economy shrinking by 4%

Credit Suisse sharply lowered its forecast for Mexico’s economic performance this year and now expects a 4.0% contraction, according to a note sent to the bank’s clients on Tuesday, adding to a series of downgrades since the coronavirus spread. Previously, the bank estimated that Mexico’s real gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by a modest...
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Mexico, former swine flu hub, tests nerves with coronavirus strategy

Mexican officials are dragging their feet on border closures and coronavirus containment measures, in what critics call a high-risk strategy driven by bad memories of a shutdown a decade ago that deepened the country’s recession during the swine flu epidemic. The United States and neighbors in Latin America have suspended flights, banned public gatherings and...
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The Mexican Stock Exchange suspends operations for 15 minutes to avoid crash

The crisis caused by the coronavirus has once again hit the Mexican Stock Market, which was forced to suspend operations for 15 minutes on Tuesday to avoid a crash. In the first minutes after opening, the Price and Quotation Index (CPI) had dropped to 7.12%. After the resumption of operations, the indicator fell again until...
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