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Mexico makes vaccines for minors mandatory
Mexico makes vaccines for minors mandatory
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The Mexican Senate approved the ruling that the person who exercises the parental authority, guardianship or custody will be obliged to ensure that the minors receive the referred vaccines unless there is a certified medical justification to the contrary.

In case of failure to comply without medical justification, the procurator's offices for the protection of minors may intervene to make use of the powers conferred by law in this area to carry out actions aimed at making the vaccination effective.

Health
Covid-19: More than 1 million people worldwide have died
Covid-19: More than 1 million people worldwide have died
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As of Monday, 1,000,555 people worldwide have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University's data.

The first coronavirus-related death recorded was on January 9, the world reached half a million deaths 24 weeks later, and 13 weeks after it reached 1 million.

Johns Hopkins' tally shows the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than 50% of the deaths worldwide.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Mexico Demands U.S. Investigation into Alleged Forced Sterilizations at ICE Jail

At least six Mexican woman may have had unwanted hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center. Mexico’s government is demanding U.S. authorities to investigate allegations.

Regional News • Americas • Canada
United States border to Canada and Mexico will stay closed over Covid-19 outbreak
United States border to Canada and Mexico will stay closed over Covid-19 outbreak
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According to a Twitter announcement by acting United States Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf the borders to Canada and Mexico will stay closed for until the 21 of September.

He wrote that "we continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21". The ban does not include air travel as well as trade.

Regional News • Americas
Argentina, Mexico to produce AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
Ginés González García and Alberto Fernández
Ginés González García and Alberto Fernández Credit: Argentina.gob.ar (Public Domain)

Argentinean President Alberto Fernández announced Wednesday that the private laboratory AstraZeneca would begin to produce in Argentina and Mexico a vaccine against the coronavirus that is developed in conjunction with the University of Oxford.

The president explained the goal is "to produce between 150 and 250 million vaccines for all of Latin America -except for Brazil- that will be available by the first half of 2021."

Fernández stated, "Latin American production will be in charge of Argentina and Mexico, and that will allow timely and sufficient access to potential vaccine for all countries in the region."

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
State in Mexico bans sales of sugary drinks and junk food to children
State in Mexico bans sales of sugary drinks and junk food to children
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In order to fight high numbers of obesity and diabetes in children, the Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned all sales of junk food and sugary drinks to children.

According to the official health data of Oaxaca, the state is one in Mexico with the highest rate of obese children and has the second-highest rate in adults and ist the first Mexican state to enact such ban. The new law prohibits people from selling, distributing and promoting these unhealthy products to children. People breaking the law can face monetary fines and closure of the business. In repeated cases, they can also face jail time.

Technology • Internet & Web
WhatsApp adds new "Search the web" feature
WhatsApp adds new "Search the web" feature
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WhatsApp added a new feature that makes it easier for users to verify whether the assertions made in forwarded messages they have received on the app are true. The new feature, called "Search the Web" works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself.

"Search the web" is being rolled out starting today in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US for those on the latest versions of WhatsApp for Android, iOS and WhatsApp Web.

Science • Space
SpaceX Crew Dragon departed and headed home
SpaceX Crew Dragon departed and headed home
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Bob and Doug are getting ready for splashdown. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully undocked from the ISS on Saturday night at 7:35 PM EDT. NASA's astronauts Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley had been in Space since May, joining NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two Russian Russian astronauts, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

If the weather and sea conditions in the Gulf of Mexico remain favorable, splashdown will be at 2:48 PM EDT on Sunday.

Science • Space
SpaceX Crew Dragon in preparation to return to Earth
Personnel from NASA, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force practicing recovery operations for the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Personnel from NASA, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force practicing recovery operations for the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Credit: SpaceX / Public domain

Bob and Doug are coming home. SpaceX's Crew Dragon will undock from the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT on August 1. Splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City is expected at around 2:42 PM EDT on August 2.

A final decision on whether to proceed with the mission will be made approximately six hours before undocking and will largely depend on weather conditions and Hurricane Isais, which is currently headed towards Florida.

Climate & Environment
Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in South Texas, causes flooding and power outages
National Hurricane Center's 5-day track and intensity forecast cone of Atlantic AL072020 Tropical Depression Eight.
National Hurricane Center's 5-day track and intensity forecast cone of Atlantic AL072020 Tropical Depression Eight. Credit: National Hurricane Center / Public domain

Hurricane Hanna has made landfall in South Texas and Northeastern Mexico and left over 280,000 without power in Texas on Sunday morning. Flash flood emergencies have been declared in Mission and Hidalgo County.

Meteorologist Chris Birchfield warns that the hurricane is far from over and that they were "still expecting catastrophic flooding."

"Any hurricane is an enormous challenge," Texas Governor Abbott said on Saturday. "This challenge is complicated and made even more severe, seeing that it is sweeping through an area that is the most challenged area in the state for Covid-19."

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
Gay conversion therapy banned by Mexico City

The regional congress of Mexi City has approved a law that outlaws and criminalizes gay conversion therapy. This includes all methods that have been used in the past to try changing the sexual orientation of a person such as electroshock therapy, psychological counseling and religious instructions.

People that still offer the practice will face up to five years in prison and even longer sentences if the practices is used on minors.

Sports
Formula 1: US, Mexican & Brazilian races will not happen in 2020
Formula 1: US, Mexican & Brazilian races will not happen in 2020
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Formula 1 decided to remove the Brazilian, Mexican and US races from the 2020 calendar. The reasons for the decision were the tight schedule and, mainly, the Covid-19 outbreak.

The three countries currently have some of the worst infection rates in the world. The US Grand Prix, in Austin, Texas, would be held on October 23. A week later, Formula 1 would travel to Mexico City. The Brazilian race, in São Paulo, was initially scheduled for November 15.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Borders between US, Canada and Mexico to remain closed until late August
Borders between US, Canada and Mexico to remain closed until late August
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The borders between the United States and its two neighbours Canada and Mexico will remain closed for all nonessential travel until at least August 21 due to rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. The extended border restrictions will not affect essential goods and services.

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
Mexico reports 539 deaths and 6,094 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday
Hugo López-Gatell
Hugo López-Gatell Credit: Nrayhf (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Mexico’s Health Ministry on Saturday reported that in the last 24 hours, 539 deaths and 6,394 new Covid-19 infections were registered, bringing the total in the country to 295,268 cases and 34,730 deaths.

The undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, also specified that 45% of the intensive care beds are occupied nationwide, with Tabasco leading the list, followed by Nuevo León, Nayarit, Colima and Veracruz.

Regional News • Americas • Canada
Trudeau turns down White House invitation to celebrate USMCA deal
Justin Trudeau in May 2020
Justin Trudeau in May 2020 Credit: Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has turned down an invitation of the White House to celebrate the USMCA deal signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) is replacing NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).

"We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday’s meeting. While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of parliament," so Trudeau's office.

Health
Mexico's Covid-19 death toll reaches 30,000 as it vaults over France for the world's fifth-highest.

Saturday's tally of 523 deaths pushed Mexico's coronavirus toll to 30,366, giving the nation the 5th highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, and the 2nd highest in South America (behind Brazil).

This comes as Mexico recorded its highest spike in new infections, with 6,914 new cases being reported by officials. The spike brings the number of confirmed cases to 252,165.

It is believed that the total number of infections and casualties is far greater than officially reported due to an inadequate amount of testing.

Science • Nature
An asteroid and not a volcanic eruption killed the dinosaurs, study finds
Artist's impression of a 1000km-diameter planetoid hitting a young Earth.
Artist's impression of a 1000km-diameter planetoid hitting a young Earth. Credit: Don Davis (work commissioned by NASA) / Public domain

For decades scientists believed the reason for the mass extinction of dinosaurs and three-quarters of all life on earth 66 million years ago was a prolonged period of climate change caused by volcanic activity. A new study by researchers from the Imperial College London just disproved this theory: turns out it was an asteroid impact that struck Earth which also created the Chicxulub impact crater in southeast Mexico. According to the study, only an asteroid impact could have created conditions that made Earth uninhabitable.

“We show that the asteroid caused an impact winter for decades, and that these environmental effects decimated suitable environments for dinosaurs. In contrast, the effects of the intense volcanic eruptions were not strong enough to substantially disrupt global ecosystems,” so the lead researcher Alessandro Chiarenza in his statement. “Our study confirms, for the first time quantitatively, that the only plausible explanation for the extinction is the impact winter that eradicated dinosaur habitats worldwide.”

Regional News • Americas • South America
Uruguay is the only Latin American country in EU's Covid-19 'safe list'
Munich International Airport passport control
Munich International Airport passport control Credit: Vasyatka1 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from July 1, and the only Latin American country is Uruguay.

As infection rates in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia are still high, their nationals will face travel restrictions.

The current list is formed by Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
Family of Giovanni Lopez and 38 protesters disappear in Jalisco Mexico
Family of Giovanni Lopez and 38 protesters disappear in Jalisco Mexico
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Giovanni López was detained last month by the Jalisco police for not wearing mouth cover and was later killed by ten officers. His family had received threats and a bribe offered by the town's major to let go of the case. Their current whereabouts are unknown after some neighbours declared they left their house out of fear.

Other 38 protestors detained last Friday after a demonstration outside the General Prosecutor's Office in Jalisco have gone missing since.

Business • Economy
Uber to require all drivers and passengers to wear masks during rides
Uber app on a mobile phone
Uber app on a mobile phone Credit: Charles Deluvio

Beginning next Monday in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Uber will require drivers and riders to wear masks through the end of June.

Drivers will also be required to verify that they’re wearing face masks by taking a selfie before accepting a booking. Riders will also be required to sit in the back seat.

Regional News • Americas • Mexico
Journalist Telésforo Santiago Enríquez murdered in the southern state of Oaxaca Mexico

Enríquez taught indigenous languages, was an indigenous rights activist and the founder of El Cafetal, a community radio on which he often criticized the local authorities. He received death threats in February and was shot on 2nd May. He was the fourth journalist to be gunned down in Mexico this year.