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Mexico Registers 78,023 Total Cases of Coronavirus and 8,597 Deaths

28 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

MEXICO CITY — Mexico on Wednesday registered 3,463 new cases of coronavirus and 463 deaths, bringing its totals to 78,023 cases and 8,597 fatalities, according to information provided by health authorities.

Germany’s Bosch to begin restarting operations in Mexico

28 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

FILE PHOTO: The logo of German multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch is pictured at the company’s stand during the Hannove MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – German automotive supplier Bosch on Monday said it has received government approval in Mexico to restart operations, which had been suspended since late March due to measures taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Government officials in mid-May said auto-related firms would be able to exit mandatory coronavirus lockdown before June 1 provided safety measures were approved.

"We have already received approval from the health authorities to reopen, which we will do gradually and with staggered shifts in all our locations," Bosch said in a statement. "In this first stage, we are starting with 25% on average of our installed capacity throughout the country."

Bosch has 12 manufacturing plants in Mexico. It is also active in sectors such as construction.

The reopening of Mexico’s auto industry accelerated this week as companies such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and BMW AG joined peers in gradually restarting operations.

(Reporting by Sharay Angulo; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in Mexico

28 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

QUERETARO, Mexico

The novel coronavirus continues to spread in Mexico, which is now among the top 10 countries in terms of the number of fatalities.

The government announced Wednesday that in just one day, the number of cases had grown by nearly 5% to 78,023. The country also reported 463 more deaths.

Despite the grim figures, the government still has its eye on reopening parts of the nation starting on June 1.

Mexico has suffered economically from the outbreak, and the government hopes that reopening the country will jumpstart the economy.

The government has attacked the coronavirus from several different angles, temporarily shutting down schools and imposing social distancing regulations.

States are able to impose more stringent regulations. Some, like Queretaro, have tried to control their borders and limit the number of people entering from places with high numbers of coronavirus cases like Mexico City.

In addition, the government has implemented some social programs for women and children amid the outbreak. That is because Mexico, like other countries around the world, is experiencing an increase in incidents of domestic abuse while people are stuck in lockdown with their abusers.

Senator Kenia Lopez Rabadan of the National Action Party said Wednesday that 30 women are calling the authorities for help every hour and that these types of calls rose by 23% during March.

To help vulnerable women and children, some states like Michoacan have set up help call lines and created shelters for them.

The country continues to develop new projects for fighting the coronavirus and on Wednesday announced a new digital payment system to move away from cash payments, which government officials hope will reduce the spread of the virus.

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Mexico registers 78,023 total cases of coronavirus and 8,597 deaths

27 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Wednesday registered 3,463 new cases of coronavirus and 463 deaths, bringing its totals to 78,023 cases and 8,597 fatalities, according to information provided by health authorities. No compatible source was found for this media.

COVID-19 accelerates in Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico

27 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

Municipal Hospital of Caxias, city of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 22 , 2020. ( Fabio Teixeira – Anadolu Agency ) BOGOTA, Colombia

The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America does not seem to be dropping.

While quarantines have been shown to be effective in many European countries, confinement measures have not worked in some Latin American countries, where many people do not have access to housing, a formal job, water to wash their hands or six feet to distance themselves from the people they live with in small rooms.

Many fear that the pandemic will cause a catastrophe in the region. By the end of 2020, around 30 million people will be pushed into poverty in Latin America and 215 million across the Latin American and Caribbean region, predicted the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in its special COVID-19 report presented on May 21.

However, it appears that the strict measures cannot yet be lifted in some places. The relentless wave of coronavirus infections in Brazil, Peru, Mexico and Chile are a big concern for international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.

Brazil

Once again, Brazil recorded more than 1,000 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 25,598. With 20,599 new cases, the number of infected people reached 411,821.

Globally, Brazil remains the second-most affected country after the United States, which has 1,698,581 cases and 100,276 deaths, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Despite being one of the hardest-hit states, São Paulo, the biggest hotspot of cases in Brazil, will begin to gradually reactivate its economy on Monday.

São Paulo Governor João Doria announced Wednesday that the state will enter a new phase of quarantine as of June 1.

"We will maintain the quarantine until June 15, but with the resumption of some economic activities," Doria said at a press conference.

According to Doria, economic activities will return gradually and will depend on a sustained decrease in cases and on the availability of ICU beds. Contrary to what President Jair Bolsonaro has said, São Paulo authorities have stressed that without the quarantines adopted, the numbers of victims would be much higher.

Peru

The Ministry of Health reported Wednesday that the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country rose to 135,905. As of yesterday, 129,751 had been reported. Peru has had 73 days of mandatory national confinement, night curfews and closed borders, among other measures.

The drastic measures have left the economy semi-paralyzed, which operated for two months at 44% of its productive capacity. In that period, one out of every four Peruvians was left without an income.

The emergency and intensive care units of public hospitals are working at full stretch due to the high number of patients they receive day and night.

Peru has the second highest number of cases in Latin America after Brazil and the third highest number of deaths from the pandemic behind Brazil and Mexico.

Chile

Chile could repeat the experience of Spain and Italy, being the next country where the health system collapses. Dozens of ambulances wait up to 12 hours or more for patients with COVID-19 to be treated, and many are not able to pay the high costs of medical care.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, 9.8% of Chile’s population was predicted to end up in poverty this year. Now 13.7% will end up in poverty, according to ECLAC.

Chile faces a steady increase in infections, with 4,328 new cases and 35 fatalities in the last 24 hours for a total of 82,289 cases and 841 deaths.

Mexico

Mexico also reported troubling escalations in its coronavirus outbreak, with a new high of 501 deaths and 3,455 new confirmed cases pushing its total above 74,500. Although the figures continue to rise, the country is planning on reopening its social and economic activities gradually by early June.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday that "there are signs" of a decline in the pandemic in Mexico City, the main coronavirus spot. However, the capital’s head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum, said there has been an increase in the number of cases in the capital’s hospitals.

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As Officer Murders Soar, Identity Crisis Plagues Mexico’s Local Police

27 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

The crime scene of two murdered police officers in Celaya, Guanajuato Two municipal police officers, Omar Nieves and Noemí Esperanza, were on routine patrol, sitting in traffic in broad daylight on a highway in northern Celaya, when a small car pulled alongside their pick-up. Several gunshots were fired, and Nieves and Esperanza became two more officers murdered in Mexico.

So far this year, at least 215 police officers have been killed across the country, or more than one a day, according to data from the civil society organization Causa en Común . The central state of Guanajuato, where Nieves and Esperanza were gunned down on May 19 , has recorded the most police killings over the last two years and is on pace to do so again in 2020.

If the current trend holds, more than 500 members of Mexico’s police force will be murdered this year alone, exceeding the 446 officers killed throughout 2019. The year before that, 452 officers were murdered . Year after year, the majority of those killed are municipal-level cops.

The front lines of the fight against organized crime groups have become increasingly deadly for local forces. For comparison, when combined, the federal police, armed forces, navy and Attorney General’s Office saw an average of about 120 officials killed annually during conflicts with criminal groups between 2006 and 2016.

The police murders come amid a broader spike in homicides in Mexico . Authorities have tallied record levels of murders in each of the last three years. And this year looks to be no different after 11,535 murders were recorded during the first four months of 2020, putting the country on track to break last year’s record total.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, better known as AMLO, has come under extreme pressure to stem the bloodshed, primarily attributed to crime groups. To do this, he has put his support behind the new National Guard, rather than attending to the country’s beleaguered police force, which is in dire need of attention and reform.

This is reflected in the lack of resources, training and technology, and the sub-standard pay officers receive.

On average, a Mexican state police officer earns 12,800 pesos per month (about $550), according to government data reported by Cuestione. The lowest-paid officers in Tabasco state receive about half that per month, while the highest paid officers in San Luis Potosí state earn almost double the national average. The salaries of municipal officers are often even lower than state police. InSight Crime Analysis

Without a clearly defined role, Mexico’s local police forces have been left adrift and forced to fend for themselves with scarce resources.

“There’s absolutely an identity crisis,” Manelich Castilla, Mexico’s federal police commissioner from 2016 to 2018, told InSight Crime. “There’s no continuity in the trajectory of being a police officer.”

The government’s longstanding inability to figure out how municipal police fit into the overall scheme of providing security and the inherent mistrust and hostility towards them — from the highest levels of government on down to local residents — impedes any chance for them to be effective, according to Jaime López, a security policy consultant and former police official.

A lack of political will has exacerbated the problem. Consecutive administrations have paid plenty of lip service to reforming the country’s police force, but have instead thrown resources towards other militarized units deemed more worthy, most recently the National Guard , which has functioned more as a glorified immigration force .

At the same time, residents trust in the local police officers has severely eroded.

According to a National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía – INEGI) April 2020 public security survey of 25,500 households in 70 cities across Mexico’s 31 states and the capital, less than half of those polled had confidence in the local police.

Another INEGI report, which gauged government quality and impact through a poll of more than 100,000 residents in 2019, found that just over a quarter of those surveyed were satisfied with the services police provided. About 30 percent said they felt police contributed to a positive sense of security in communities.

Over the years, the job of an officer has only become more dangerous. Several experts consulted by InSight Crime pointed to two reasons for the current uptick in police killings: widespread insecurity and outright impunity .

“It’s no surprise that police officers in Mexico are frequently being killed,” said Lilian Chapa, senior researcher at the World Justice Project. “There are no guarantees that a police killing — or any killing — will be solved.”

There’s a widely held belief that local cops are killed because of ties they may have to criminal activity. While that may be true in some cases, experts warned that municipal forces may very well be killed just for trying to do their jobs. Add to this an utter lack of institutional support, and the job of a municipal police officer is “completely frustrating,” according to Castilla, the former police commissioner.

Not only that, but “this perception that they had it coming helps fuel this context of impunity,” according to Cecilia Farfán-Méndez, the head of Security Research Programs for the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Unfortunately, police reform looks to be off the table for the remainder of López Obrador’s time in office. Mexico’s armed forces have for years played an outsized role in domestic security, and a new decree signed by the president May 11 will ensure that continues until at least 2024.

Castilla called the decree the “perfect storm” for violence against police and impunity in their killings to continue in Mexico.

“There’s no strengthening of the capacity of the police alongside the extension of the armed forces’ role in public security,” he told InSight Crime. “[The decree] hasn’t been accompanied by anything to support the civilian police.”

While the federal government has again put police reform on the back-burner, others are taking it upon themselves to not just ask what’s wrong with policing but how to improve it.

Jorge Amador, the former sociology professor-turned-police chief of […]

Mexico walks back campaign against domestic violence after backlash

27 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A top Mexican official on Wednesday said a new campaign against domestic violence would be revised after the video ads sparked strong public opposition from critics who claimed it misrepresented the growing problem.

The initial campaign showed images of men and children, but no women, as potential victims, and one woman was shown as an aggressor, sparking criticism from activists and opposition politicians who said female victims were made invisible.

Domestic violence has been rising across Latin America, especially as coronavirus lockdowns have left many women isolated at home with abusive partners, rights groups say.

In Mexico, reports of family violence rose 10% in the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year, according to government data.

More than 1,300 women were murdered in Mexico in the same four months, government statistics show.

In response to criticism, the head of the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women (CONAVIM) said the #CountToTen campaign was still in its initial stages and not yet formalized.

“We are going to enrich [the campaign] and make a set of spots and posters and videos with greater depth,” said Candelaria Ochoa, the head of CONAVIM, in a radio interview on Wednesday.

“This first idea was launched, but it’s not the campaign,” Ochoa said.

The opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said on Twitter this week that the campaign did nothing to eradicate violence against women and should be scrapped.

One #CountToTen campaign video showed a woman getting angry at her partner, a gay male couple fighting and a man growing frustrated at his children.

A voiceover said: “Before you despair, count, count, count, count to 10.”

During the radio interview with Ochoa, host Lupita Juarez said: “When a woman is being assaulted, when she’s being beaten, she doesn’t have time to count to 10.”

Feminist collective Brujas del Mar, which organized a national women’s strike earlier this year, wrote on Twitter that the government “should count to ten … because that’s the number of femicides every day in this country.”.

The images were not visible on government social media or websites on Wednesday, and the Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mexico’s president has denied the rising violence against women during lockdown, contrary to official data.

Emergency calls reporting attacks on women in Mexico jumped more than 50% in the first four months of the year compared with the same period last year, government data shows.

Mexico has more than 74,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, which has led to more than 8,000 deaths, though the real case number is likely much higher as testing is limited.

Reporting by Christine Murray; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org No compatible source was found for this media.

Customs broker admits to scheme to export millions of cigarettes into Mexico

27 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

A Texas man could be facing a decade in federal prison after he admitted to attempting to smuggle millions of contraband cigarettes into Mexico.

Eighty year old Texas resident Jose Francisco Guerra pled guilty to charges related to a cigarette smuggling attempt, according to a May 26 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas.

Guerra owns and operates a customs brokering service called Victor M. Guerra Inc. out of Hidalgo.

The investigation into the cigarette smuggling scheme began on January 15, 2020, when police stopped a semi truck hauling approximately 17 million cigarettes en route to a location in Mexico.

Officers discovered that the shipping manifest had been falsified as to the vehicle’s contents, and the cigarettes lacked the applicable tax stamp as Texas law requires.

Investigators tracked the shipment of cigarettes to a warehouse in Hidalgo that was controlled and operated by Guerra.

Investigators then learned that Guerra operated a second warehouse in McAllen.

Both warehouses contained a total of 422,917,800 contraband cigarettes that were marked for shipment into Mexico.

The total value of the seized contraband cigarettes and other equipment is estimated at approximately $88 million, federal authorities say.

Guerra admitted to knowingly scheming to smuggle illegal cigarettes into Mexico and agreed to forfeit his customs broker license, pay a fine and forfeit his interest in the cigarettes and items seized from his warehouse.

Guerra’s sentencing date has not yet been set. He faces up to 10 years on federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

The investigation into the scheme was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Mexico Cancer Patients’ Families Protest For Support During Pandemic

27 mayo 2020 ·  · Topic: mexico  · 

A group of relatives of children with cancer protest outside Mexico’s Secretary of Public Health’s Office during the coronavirus pandemic. MEXICO CITY — Dozens of parents of children with cancer protested outside Mexico’s Secretary of Public Health on Wednesday, threatening to start a hunger strike. They say treatments have been stopped, fearing the coronavirus pandemic will make things worse.

Mexico’s public health budget and services decreased or changed as a result of the president’s frugal policies, affecting cancer patients. Now, activists claim that the government focuses on the coronavirus, leaving this high-risk group unprotected.

Their cause has attracted the attention of the LeBarón family, whose relatives were murdered in an attack by gunmen on a road in Sonora, Mexico, last year.

"Why are the efforts to fight COVID-19 not being replicated to protect cancer victims?" asks Bryan LeBarón.

And he says maybe the coronavirus attracts more attention because, unlike cancer, it can be spread to others.

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