- Title: As Mexico passes grim coronavirus milestone, businesses get back to work
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (JULY 11, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HAIR STYLIST WEARING FACE MASK, BLOW DRYING CLIENT'S HAIR VARIOUS OF HAIR STYLIST COMBING, CUTTING CLIENT'S HAIR STYLISTS WASHING CLIENTS' HAIR STYLIST CLEANING HAIR FROM CLIENT, JULIO LUNA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HAIR SALON CLIENT, JULIO LUNA, SAYING: "It had been about a month and a half since my last haircut because the hair salons weren't open, and the health and safety measures here are correct, like what's being called for. They use face masks, there's the disinfecting mat when you come in, gel, and everything that they're calling for everywhere." VARIOUS OF CLIENTS USING DISINFECTING MAT AT SALON ENTRANCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HAIRDRESSER, ALEJANDRO BECERRA, SAYING: "We've put in place disinfecting mats, antibacterial gel in various areas and each hairdresser has their own gel. For each person (we're wearing) more efficient face masks, gloves - which we already used, but now they're required - and for each client, before they sit down we disinfect the seat with disinfecting liquid." BECERRA CLEANING SEAT BECERRA CLEANING HAIR STYLING TOOLS SPINNING BARBER POLE EXTERIOR OF HAIR SALON INTERIOR OF HAIR SALON WITH PLASTIC CURTAINS HAIR DRESSER AND CLIENT CLIENT HAVING HAIR WASHED HAIRDRESSER BLOW DRYING CLIENT'S HAIR VARIOUS OF STREET EXTERIOR OF HAIR SALON
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 03:54
- Keywords: Mexico baber business cases coronavirus deaths haircut increase pandemic rate reopening shops stores stylists
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA002CMN6E6F
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- Story Text: Deaths in Mexico from the coronavirus pandemic rose above 35,000 on Sunday, with the Latin American country overtaking Italy for the world's fourth-highest death total.
Mexico on Sunday recorded 276 additional fatalities and 4,482 new infections to bring its coronavirus death toll to 35,006, with 299,750 confirmed cases. Italy has recorded 34,954 deaths and 243,061 cases. Mexico trails the United States, Brazil and the UK in total deaths.
While Italy appears to have tamed the virus, the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down in Mexico, where the government has faced criticism for reopening its economy too soon.
Speaking at a news conference on Sunday evening, Mexican Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said some criticism came from "a political agenda of confrontation."
Meanwhile, hair salons in Mexico City, which were allowed to reopen on July 3, are a testament to the government's policy of moving forward with a gradual easement of restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus.
Salons in Mexico City must operate at 30% capacity and hairdressers say they are implementing health guidelines which includes the use of antibacterial gel and face masks.
Several former officials, however, have criticized President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's administration for its handling of the epidemic.
Former health minister Salomon Chertorivski earlier this week said the government had reopened the economy before globally-established criteria for doing so were met.
The coronavirus death toll per million residents in Mexico, whose population numbers about 120 million, is the 16th highest in the world, according to data by research firm Statista.
But Mexican officials say the true toll is likely much higher due to limited testing. A Reuters analysis of funeral-home data in May indicated a toll more than double the reported figures.
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