Mexico urging citizens to cancel Christmas celebrations amid COVID-19 surge

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Mexico’s president is urging his citizens to cancel Christmas this year, as the number of daily new coronavirus cases hit a record-high in the country.

“Let’s leave Christmas presents for another time,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, as he tried to discourage people from traditional celebrations, and even avoid exchanging gifts.

An additional 12,127 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Mexico Friday, a record aside from one day in October when the government said the rise was due to a statistical blip.

Obrador said widespread lockdown measures would not be imposed. Hospitals are expected to increase their capacity and staff extra workers during the holiday season.

The country’s top health official, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said this week he anticipated a surge in the outbreak through January.

With Post wires

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