MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico could force the closure of companies in non-essential sectors if they refuse to suspend operations during a state of emergency to curb spread of the coronavirus, a top health official said on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Health workers wearing protective gear test people for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a drive-through testing station, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Monterrey, Mexico April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
The announcement comes after a group representing U.S. manufacturers told President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that an economic shutdown over the virus could weaken North America’s response to the pandemic.
Mexico reported 448 new infections and 43 deaths, taking its tally to 5,847 cases and 449 deaths on Wednesday, although Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said last week as many as 26,500 people could be infected.
From April 3 until Tuesday, 15% of companies with non-essential activities