Mexico announced a health emergency on Monday and issued stricter regulations aimed at curbing rapidly spreading coronaviruses as the number of cases in the country surged to more than 1,000 and deaths rose sharply.
Health officials reported a total of 1,094 cases of coronavirus, an increase from 993 a day ago, and another 8 deaths, bringing the total to 28. They reiterated their warning that health systems will be overwhelmed if they do not contain the coronavirus.
New measures against the virus include reducing the number of people able to gather to 50 and expanding previously announced suspensions of unnecessary activities.
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, deputy health minister, said: “This applies strictly to people over 60, people with high blood pressure, diabetes or pregnancy, regardless of whether their work is considered Is essential. ”
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Mexico has one of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, and experts have recently warned that the Mexican population may be more vulnerable than its relatively young average age suggests.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who declared a health emergency, said that people or companies who ignore the rules will face administrative or criminal proceedings. He said the emergency situation will continue until April 30.
Unlike his counterparts in most regions, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has not ordered any drastic measures or other drastic measures to control the spread of the coronavirus because of concerns that Mexico has already A recessionary economy will be hit even harder.
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