In Mexico, a record 501 inhabitants died on Tuesday from the consequences of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health announced this on Tuesday evening.
Since the onset of the lung virus outbreak, 8,134 Mexicans have died. The number of new infections in the country increased by 3,455 to a total of 74,560. That is also a day record.
The records come while Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Tuesday morning that the death rate is stabilizing and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated that Mexico is close to overcoming the crisis.
Mexico announced earlier this month that it would reopen its economy.
The lockdown in rural municipalities where few cases have been reported will be lifted, and the car, mining and construction sector will restart.
Lopez Obrador’s government is in a precarious situation, as it would weigh the risk of the deadly disease against the need for civilians to survive.
Bank of America predicts that the country’s economy will shrink by 10 percent by 2020.
Mexico lost more than 500,000 jobs in April, and Lopez Obrador predicts the loss of another 400,000 in May.