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Third Covid wave a possibility, minister warns

While urging his compatriots to forgo travel during the Easter holiday, Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell warned this week that Mexico could experience a third Covid-19 wave, similar to the one currently blighting several European nations, including Germany, France and Italy.

Although daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen over the past four weeks across most of Mexico, nothing should be taken for granted, he stressed.

Safety protocols cannot be relaxed until three-quarters of the population is either inoculated or has antibodies to fight the disease, López-Gatell said.

Because testing in Mexico has been so limited, the exact number of people who have been infected with Covid-19 — and thus have the antibodies — is unknown, although it is significantly higher than the official total of 2.3 million, perhaps by as much as 20 to 25 times.

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