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Mexican government to suspend activities from Thursday

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FILE PHOTO: Hugo Lopez-Gatell Ramirez, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion, attends a news conference with Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s federal government will suspend all non-essential activities beginning on Thursday, Mexico’s deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told reporters.

Mexico registered 475 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, up from 405, and six deaths overall.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon