Story Text: Hundreds of doctors and nurses who hoped to land a job at Mexico's Social Security Institute (IMSS) queued in Mexico City on Monday (April 13), after an urgent call for help was made by the state healthcare institution to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Also Monday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with private hospital owners who will offer some 3,200 beds at 146 hospitals around the country to serve patients from the IMSS and others covered by public health insurance.
Mexico registered 353 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing its total to 5,014 cases and 332 deaths, the health ministry said.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has acknowledged that Mexico likely has far more people infected with the fast-spreading coronavirus, citing government statistical models.
Last week, Lopez-Gatell said the country might have 26,500 cases, with many of those not showing symptoms or not diagnosed.
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