Mexico asks cemeteries to close ahead of holiday, fearing coronavirus rebound

Mexican authorities are calling on cemeteries to close to public visitors ahead of the Day of the Dead, a celebration that usually draws hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, as officials strive to avert another wave of coronavirus infections. Ahead of the holiday, cemeteries will largely r

Head of Mexico's navy tests positive for COVID-19

The head of Mexico’s navy, Jose Rafael Ojeda, said on Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic and working from home as the number of confirmed cases in the country continues to climb. Ojeda is the latest high-ranking member of the Mexican government to test positive.

Mexico's coronavirus death toll rises to 85,285

Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 5,514 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 387 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 834,910 cases and 85,285 deaths. The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than th

Mexican president's anti-corruption drive buffeted by scandals

Three months after taking charge of a new office created by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to compensate Mexicans for years of public sector embezzlement, its director quit, complaining the organization was tainted by corruption. The blow to the Institute for Returning to the People What W

Mexico's confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 817,503: health ministry

Mexico’s Health Ministry reported 3,175 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 139 additional fatalities, bringing the total to 817,503 cases and 83,781 deaths. The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

New Mexico Loses Ground in COVID-19 Spread Fight

New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases. Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. Bernalillo County,

Mexico sees U.S. election behind migrant caravan, seeks to avoid Trump spat

 Mexico’s president on Friday said he suspected political interference behind a new migrant caravan in Central America, promising to keep his country out of the U.S. presidential race as the group splintered and some began turning back. More than 2,000 migrants, many wearing face masks

Mexico's confirmed coronavirus deaths rise to 70,604

- Mexico reported 5,674 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 421 additional fatalities on Saturday, bringing its totals to 663,973 infections and 70,604 deaths, according to updated Health Ministry data. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely to be signif

Mexico States Run out of Death Certificates

The coronavirus pandemic has hit Mexico so hard that the governments of several states ran out of death certificates. Officials said Friday the federal forms started running out about 15 to 20 days ago in at least three states — Baja California, the State of Mexico and Mexico City. Authori

Mexico eyes October start for phase 3 trials of Russian coronavirus vaccine: minister

Mexico said on Thursday that it plans to take part in stage 3 trials of the Russian coronavirus vaccine in October, part of the nation’s efforts to secure supplies of possible future COVID-19 vaccines. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that if the Mexican regulator permits it, the Russia

In Mexico's televised 'return to classes,' parents turn to state schools

Millions of students return to classes virtually in Mexico on Monday after a hiatus lasting months caused by the coronavirus pandemic that has sparked an exodus from private schools.Mexico has yet to publish official data, but private-school bodies consulted by Reuters said almost 2 million studen

Mexico-based church leader ordered to stand trial on sex crime charges

LOS ANGELES - The head of a Mexico-based evangelical church that claims more than 1 million followers worldwide was ordered on Tuesday to remain in jail and stand trial on charges of rape, human trafficking and child pornography. The ruling clears a major hurdle for the California attorney genera

Mexico: Ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto accused of corruption and bribery

Prosecutors in Mexico have opened a corruption investigation against former President Enrique Peña Nieto. It comes after Emilio Lozoya, the ex-head of the state energy firm, accused Mr Peña Nieto of taking millions of dollars in bribes and bribing MPs. Mr Lozoya was extradited from

U.S. officials find 'sophisticated' smuggling tunnel on Mexican border

U.S. authorities have discovered an unfinished 1,300-foot (400-meter) tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it an unusually sophisticated smuggling route complete with ventilation and a rail system. The tunnel was found on Tuesday in the desert near San Luis, Arizona by federal agents led by

Mexico obesity: Oaxaca bans sale of junk food to children

The Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to children in an attempt to reduce high obesity and diabetes levels. Oaxaca is the first state to take the measure in Mexico, which has one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity. People breaking the law c

Mexico: Drug gang leader 'El Marro' captured by security forces

  Mexican police and military say they have detained the head of the drug gang Santa Rosa de Lima. Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz is blamed for fueling violence in Guanajuato state with a turf battle against another cartel. Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz, a notorious drug gang leader who was the subjec

Group of women seeking help from Mexico lock-down violence surges

Mexico's largest network of shelters for victims of violence has said the number of women and children seeking help has surged by more than 80 percent under the coronavirus lockdown. The National Network of Shelters, which includes about 69 refuges across the country, also said on Thursday the nu

Emilio Lozoya: Former Mexican oil boss leaves Spain to face charges

The former boss of Mexican state oil company Pemex has been extradited from Spain to face corruption charges back home in Mexico, police say. Emilio Lozoya is accused of taking $10m (£8m) in bribes from a Brazilian construction firm that has admitted paying off Latin American politicians. Mr

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