Mexico City residents defy coronavirus warnings amid Christmas shopping spree
2020-12-17 | Since 3 Month
Tired of months of confinement, Christmas shoppers have been crowding stores in Mexico City this week despite a recent spike in coronavirus cases that has strained hospitals in the capital.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pleaded with Mexico City residents to avoid being out in the streets as much as possible during the normally festive holiday season.
“There have been more hospitalizations, more spread of the virus, and together we can control this situation,” he said.
The mayor of Mexico City declared a “COVID-19 emergency” last week. The city of about 9 million people has registered over 19,000 deaths related to the novel coronavirus, and a fifth of Mexico’s nearly 1.3 million confirmed cases.
Bars and restaurants in the city center have been required to close at 5 p.m. as part of restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Despite the warnings, people have flooded the city’s shopping districts, buying Christmas gifts from street vendors or waiting in long lines to enter stores.