June 9, 2020 / 9:04 PM / a month ago

WHO officials: Coronavirus nears peak in Mexico, but risks remain

FILE PHOTO: People stand on the street as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic in Mexico is advancing toward its peak level of infections but social distancing should continue until a vaccine is made available, World Health Organization officials said on Tuesday.

The officials, from both the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Americas’ arm, PAHO, stressed during a webcast conference that more testing is needed in Mexico before further economic re-opening, and that street protests could cause a spike of new cases.

Mexico, where total confirmed cases exceed 120,000 and the death toll stands at about 14,000, began a gradual re-opening of the economy at the start of June.

Reporting by Diego Ore; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Daina Beth Solomon and Dan Grebler

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