- Title: 'It's been catastrophic' -Mexican businesses reopen after lockdown
- Date: 1st July 2020
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (JUNE 30, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ON DOWNTOWN STREETS WEARING FACE MASKS PEOPLE IN STORE PEOPLE ENTERING STORE PEOPLE ON SIDEWALK
- Embargoed: 15th July 2020 16:27
- Keywords: Mexico bars businesses cases city coronavirus downtown epidemic hotels infections lockdown pandemic quarantine restaurants streets
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003CKZC213
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Businesses across Mexico City were reopening this week after confinement measures in place since late March have dealt a major blow to Latin America's second-biggest economy, and it suffers through its deepest recession in decades.
Hotels disinfected rooms and screened temperatures at their doors as guests once again checked in on Tuesday (June 30).
A restaurant in the ritzy Polanco district installed a disinfecting spray to envelope diners upon entering even as its manager told Reuters that 2020 was 'lost.'
Meanwhile, crowds of people could also be seen on the streets of the megalopolis's historic downtown as shopkeepers opened up.
Twelve million Mexicans have lost their jobs since March as part of the economic fallout from the coronavirus, and the number of people working in the informal sector shot up significantly, official data showed on Tuesday.
Mexico's economy has been hammered by the pandemic, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting the country's gross domestic product could shrink by up to 10.5% this year, in what would be its biggest decline since the 1930s.
Mexico's health ministry reported on Tuesday 5,432 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 648 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 226,089 cases and 27,769 deaths.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases
(Production: Josue Gonzalez, Alberto Fajardo, Rodolfo Pena Roja, Patrick Alwine)
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