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XINHUA

Mexican authorities said on Friday, Dec. 18, that they would re-impose lockdown measures in Mexico City and the State of Mexico (Edoméx) amid surging covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.

With hospital capacity close to 75 percent, a level similar to that of June, and year-end festivities around the corner, the measures are aimed at reducing the spread and curbing the transmission of the virus.

The new measures went into effect on Saturday, Dec. 19, and will remain in effect until Jan. 10.

All non-essential businesses are once again closed in Mexico City and the State of Mexico, which surrounds the capital on three sides, Mexican Deputy Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez told reporters.

“Extraordinary measures are required to reduce infections, hospitalizations and, most of all, deaths in the next three weeks,” said López-Gatell. 

Mexico City, the epicenter of the national outbreak, has registered about 278,000 cases and more than 15,000 deaths.

Nearly 1.3 million people have been tested positive for covid-19 nationwide with 117,000 deaths from the disease.

…Dec. 21, 2020

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