Mexico has surpassed one million COVID-19 cases on Saturday, November 14, 2020, registering 5,860 new infections over the previous day in a country with one of the world’s highest death tolls from the virus.
The Health Ministry official Ricardo Cortes, disclosed that a total of 1,003,253 people has now tested positive for the virus in Mexico, as the death toll reaches 98,259, including 635 registered over the past day.
According to an AFP tally based on official figures, Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest death toll from the virus behind the United States, Brazil and India and the 11th highest number of infections.
Cases have been spiking in a number of areas of the country.
A former National Commissioner against the AH1N1 influenza pandemic in Mexico City in 2009, Alejandro Macias, told AFP that “We probably still need to see the worst,”.
The Government earlier declared a lockdown on March 23, 2020, although essential economic activities remained open, with no sanctions for non-compliance.
The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced on Friday, November 13, 2020, the closure of bars for 15 days and earlier closing times for restaurants, cinemas and gyms due to the spike in infections and hospitalizations over the last week.
Sheinbaum also said that daily tests will be increased to 10,000.
The capital has seen an increase in infections since mid-October and remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Mexico.