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

  • March sees 2,585 homicides – highest monthly figure on record
  • Mexico tries to pour resources into containing coronavirus

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.

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