Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, León top list of 50 most violent municipalities so far this year


Source: Mexico News Daily

Tijuana was the most violent municipality in Mexico in the first five months of 2021 in terms of sheer homicide numbers, federal data shows.

Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda presented a graph at President López Obrador’s news conference on Monday that showed the 50 most violent municipalities between January and May this year.

Tijuana, Baja California, ranked first with 749 homicides for an average of 150 per month or five per day. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, was second with 515 homicides between January and May followed by León, Guanajuato, 295; Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón), Sonora, 225; and Acapulco, Guerrero, 197.


How Mexico Forgot Its Covid Crisis


Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

AMLO and his government obscured the truth about cases, deaths, and vaccinations. Can these same people protect the country from the delta surge?

Every weekday morning, Mexico’s president holds a rambling televised celebration of his supposed successes: a news conference with special guests, video clips, and slick graphics that often has the air of a variety show. Until mid-January one of the favored features was a giant graphic that showcased Mexico’s undisputed progress as the first Latin American nation to vaccinate its citizens against Covid-19. Then the data turned bad. Pfizer Inc., at the time Mexico’s only supplier of Covid shots, halved, then completely stopped, deliveries. Vaccinations remained unchanged for almost a month; deaths surged. The vaccine tracker got yanked from the show.


Health minister acknowledges third wave of coronavirus is underway in Mexico


Source: Mexico News Daily

Mexico has entered a third wave of the pandemic, the federal government’s coronavirus point man acknowledged on Tuesday.

“We have a situation where there is a spike [in case numbers], the third of the pandemic and second of the year,” Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell told reporters at President López Obador’s morning press conference.

“But fortunately, and for a known reason, which is vaccination, deaths are not increasing at the same speed,” he said.


Mexico aims to give population at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose by October


Source: NBC News

Mexico aims to ensure its population has had at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot by October before the onset of colder weather, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday.

Mexico has so far distributed nearly 24 million vaccine doses to its population of 126 million, and López Obrador said he was sure it would receive more shots from the United States.

By July, health authorities will begin providing vaccinations to people as young as 40, he told a regular news conference.


In second turnaround, AMLO says he will take COVID jab


Source: Aljazeera

In yet another shift in position, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he will be taking the COVID-19 vaccine in 15-20 days.

During his daily news conference, Lopez Obrador said he will be vaccinated in order “to set an example” in the country.

“I asked the doctors again, and also to dispel doubts, especially so that those who have had COVID like me, that they not wait so long and set an example for people to protect themselves,” Lopez Obrador said.

“That’s why I’m going to get vaccinated,” he added.


Mexico Seeks to Ban Outsourcing After Agreement With Business


Source: Bloomberg

Mexico’s government said it reached a deal with union and business leaders on a controversial bill to ban outsourcing in a move that seeks to close tax loopholes.

The group agreed during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City on Monday to forbid the outsourcing of personnel to third-party firms, except for specialized work outside a company’s main economic activity, and to implement a new profit sharing model, the labor ministry said in a statement.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the “important” deal was reached after Monday’s encounter among union heads, business chamber leaders and top lawmakers, without providing details. Business lobby CCE said in a separate statement that profit sharing will be limited to avoid “possible distortions in capital-intensive companies.”


‘No, no.’: Mexican president rejects mask-wearing after COVID-19 recovery


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday said he would not wear a face mask after his recovery from COVID-19, in spite of widespread support from top officials and the public for the measure.

In his first news conference since testing positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 24, Lopez Obrador brushed aside repeated questions from reporters about whether he would wear a mask to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.


Mexican regulators ban showing president’s full conferences


Source: The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s election regulatory agency announced Tuesday it will ban media outlets from transmitting at full length President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily morning news conferences.

The temporary ban is aimed at ensuring equity in the country’s June congressional and state elections, after opposition parties complained that López Obrador uses the conferences to tout his public works projects and criticize opponents.