Mexico virus cases, deaths continue high, reopening remote

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The planned next phase of reopening companies in Mexico appeared to be postponed again on Friday as new confirmed cases and deaths continued at near record levels.
The health agency reported 5,030 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 647 further deaths. Both numbers decreased only slightly compared to Thursday.
The daily death toll was around 700 most of the week, while the daily increase in fall load was 5,000. Mexico now has 170,485 confirmed cases and 20,394 deaths, although both numbers are counted due to extremely limited testing.
The country had hoped to approve a wide new round of openings for companies such as hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.
However, the authorities in Mexico City, which were hit hardest by the pandemic, said that hospitalization and the number of cases had not decreased to the extent that shopping centers and street markets could be reopened. Around 70% of hospital beds in the city are occupied.
Last week, half of Mexico's 32 states had reached a level that was compatible with limited reopening, such as 50% of hotel or restaurant capacity. The few states in which hotels were opened resumed operations with a lower occupancy rate of around 30%.
This week, only one state had limited reopening status.

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