COVID roundup: active case numbers down, cross-border vaccination expands

Source: Mexico News Daily

An additional 13,217 coronavirus cases were added to Mexico’s accumulated tally on Wednesday while the COVID-19 death toll rose by 896.

Mexico’s pandemic totals now stand at 3.54 million cases and 269,912 deaths. There are 83,834 estimated active cases across Mexico, a 1% decrease compared to Tuesday.

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22 foreigners abducted from Mexican hotel

09/16/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

Police in northern Mexico have found 38 people, including 22 Haitians and Cubans, who were abducted from a hotel, authorities have said.

The chief prosecutor of the northern state of San Luis Potosi said the victims were found alive on a roadside late Tuesday, apparently abandoned by their captors.

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Canadian Pacific clinches $27-bln Kansas City Southern deal as rival bows out

09/16/2021

Source: Reuters

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP.TO) inked a $27.2 billion cash-and-stock deal to buy Kansas City Southern (KSU.N) on Wednesday after Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO) conceded it could not save its own $29.6-billion deal for the U.S. railway.

The combination will create the first direct railway linking Canada, the United States and Mexico, with a network spanning 20,000 miles and approximately $8.7 billion of annual revenue. It marks the end of a high-stakes bidding war.

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In Mexico City, another Grito minus a crowd in the zócalo

09/16/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Celebrations of “El Grito,” a symbol of the struggle for independence, will be heavily toned down on Wednesday in Mexico City due to COVID-19 restrictions despite this year being the two-century anniversary of the beginning of liberation from Spanish rule. The event was also heavily diluted in 2020 due to health considerations.

Traditionally, a large crowd congregates outside the National Palace and calls back to the president as he calls the names of the heroes of the independence movement, culminating in three cries of “Viva México!” or “Long live Mexico.”

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Mexico highlights Cuban leader’s visit on Independence Day

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The big highlight of Mexico’s Independence Day Thursday was the visit by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomed the Cuban leader on the reviewing platform for Mexico’s annual Sept. 16 military parade.

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Millions of BBVA customers affected by failure of ATMs and mobile app

09/14/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The biggest financial institution in Mexico left 24.1 million account holders without access to ATMs, its mobile app or in-store payments on Sunday.

BBVA México’s operating failures were first reported early in the day and continued for almost 20 hours until the late evening. Users were taken by surprise when they tried to take out cash, deposit money or make transfers and were declined. The newspaper El Universal reported that in-store payments were also affected.

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Mexico to send COVID-19 vaccines to Nicaragua

09/14/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico will send COVID-19 vaccines to Nicaragua in September, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday, in a rare sign of international engagement with the administration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Ebrard, who was speaking at a regular news conference, said the vaccines were part of Mexico’s vaccine distribution efforts that include Honduras, Bolivia, Jamaica, Paraguay, and Belize.

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Refugee agency pleads for more money amid flood of Haitians into Mexico

09/14/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

As record numbers of migrants stream into the country, a government agency at the forefront of responding to the influx is facing a budget cut, prompting its chief to appeal to Congress for more money.

Almost 80,000 migrants, including large numbers of Haitians, have applied for asylum after crossing into the country via the southern border this year.

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Mexico’s abortion ruling could make waves beyond its borders

09/13/2021

Source: CNN

The ground literally shook on the day the Mexican Supreme Court decriminalized abortion: On September 7, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Mexican Pacific coast, rocking several states and killing one person.

It lasted about a minute. But the shockwaves sent across the region by the court’s abortion ruling will be felt for years to come.

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Mexico asks US to commit $108 million a month to Central America jobs plan

09/14/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Mexico has asked the United States to provide US $108.4 million a month to fund the implementation of two employment programs in Central America.

As part of efforts to attend to the structural causes of migration in the region, the United States agreed last week to collaborate on the expansion of the Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life) tree-planting employment program and the Youths Building the Future apprenticeship scheme.

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