Mexico’s virus deaths top 30,000, world’s 5th highest

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico topped 30,000 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, overtaking France as the country with the fifth-highest death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Officials reported 523 more confirmed coronavirus deaths for the day, bringing the nation’s total to 30,366 for the pandemic. Mexico’s total confirmed infections rose by almost 6,000 to 251,165.

Also on Saturday, about 200 street vendors briefly blocked several major avenues in downtown Mexico City to demand they be allowed to sell again. Protesting vendors carried signs and chanted slogans claiming they could no longer bear the lockdown. Most have no unemployment insurance, and after three months of not selling many are growing desperate.

A police officer gives social distancing and other precautionary COVID-19 guidelines to tourists at the historic centre of Mexico City. PHOTO: AP