Mexico is among the 10 worst-hit countries by COVID-19

Global infections from the novel coronavirus have topped 33 million

Mexico is among the 10 worst-hit countries by COVID-19
A nurse walks at the COVID-19 Hospitalization Operational Unit of the Military Field 1, at the National Defense Secretariat in Mexico City - Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP
English 30/09/2020 20:55 Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English Mexico City Actualizada 19:13
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Global infections from the novel coronavirus have topped 33 million as the rate of new cases surges, particularly in the United States and Latin America, according to a tally on September 30.

One million new infections were recorded in only six days, according to the count based on official sources, just as countries start to unwind punishing lockdowns that have devastated their economies and thrown millions out of work.

Mexico recently implemented a four-color coding system to resume activities after COVID-19 in order to reactivate the economy.

The epidemiological four-step “traffic light” model is designed to resume non-essential activities. The four categories defined for the gradual reopening of activities are based on their social value: high and low in social value, as well as according to the number of people they involve.

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Every week, Mexico's health authorities will inform the current color of the "traffic light" model in each state during the daily news conference to report the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which is led by Mexico's coronavirus czar Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez.

Nevertheless, the IMF warned on its latest World Economic Outlook that Mexico’s economy will plummet 10.7% as the global economy faces the worst recession since the Great Depression due to the effects of the pandemic.

The International Monetary Fund is forecasting a nearly double-digit recession for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020 – a contraction of 9.4% – as the region is dragged down by its two largest economies, Mexico and Brazil, which continue to suffer from the coronavirus.

The multilateral lending agency said in its report that in Latin America, “most countries are still struggling to contain infections.”

The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China six months ago surpassed 900,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave, with the rate of contagion doubling since May 21.

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The United States, the hardest-hit country, has surpassed 7 million cases alone, as efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse were set back by a jump in new infections in big states such as Florida.

Despite Mexico’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the disease, including the reconversion of hospitals throughout the country to treat patients infected with COVID-19, the purchase of tonnes of medical supplies from China as well as over 300 ventilators from the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has infected over 700,000 Mexicans to date.

Moreover, on July 4, Mexico became the 5th country with the highest COVID-19 death toll, the same day, it joined the list of the 10 countries with the highest COVID-19 infection rates, according to the John Hopkins coronavirus tally.

As of September 30, the United States has registered 7,227,779 confirmed COVID-19 cases, followed by India with 6,225,763, and Brazil with 4,777,522 cases.

Meanwhile, Russia has 1,170,799 COVID-19 cases to date while Colombia has 829,679.

Peru has 811,768 confirmed coronavirus infections, followed by Spain with 769,188, Argentina with 751,001 cases, Mexico with 743,216, and South Africa with 674,339.

The 10 countries with the highest rate of COVID-19 infections
 

United States 7,227,779 confirmed COVID-19 cases
India 6,225,763 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Brazil 4,777,522 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Russia 1,170,799 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Colombia 829,679 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Peru 811,768 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Spain  769,188 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Argentina 751,001 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Mexico 743,216 confirmed COVID-19 cases
South Africa 674,339 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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