Saturday, April 4, 2020

Mexico murder rate reaches new high as violence rages amid Covid-19 spread

Police stand by the wreckage of a burned-out car on the outskirts on Celaya in Guanajuato. A top analyst said it was ‘business as usual’ for the cartels. Photograph: Sergio Maldonado/Reuters

Mexico’s homicide rate raced to a new record in March, as violence raged even as Covid-19 spread across the country and authorities urged the population to stay home and practise social distancing.

Mexico registered 2,585 homicides in March – the highest monthly figure since records began in 1997 – putting 2020 on track to break last year’s record total for murders.

The surge in killings comes as federal and state officials put resources into containing the Covid-19 crisis and confront the prospect of an already sluggish economy falling even further – potentially deepening the misery for the more than 40% of the population living in poverty.  Read more >>