Mexico steps up border checks to keep coronavirus at bay over July 4 holiday

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials will install health checkpoints at various entry points along its northern border this weekend, as both Mexican and U.S. officials fear a surge of crossings for the July 4 holiday could spread the coronavirus. Mexican consulates across the United States issued warnings last week on social media of the ramped-up measures scheduled for July 2 through July 5, and urged people to refrain from crossing for recreation or tourism. A…

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India coronavirus cases hit record high amid monsoon rains

MUMBAI – India recorded its highest singe-day spike of coronavirus cases on Saturday, with over 22,000 new cases and 442 deaths, as infections rose in the western and southern parts of the country amid heavy monsoon rains. The western state of Maharashtra, home to the densely packed financial capital Mumbai, has the country’s highest total, recording 6,364 fresh cases of the virus on Saturday and 198 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.…

"India coronavirus cases hit record high amid monsoon rains"

Brazil health regulator Anvisa allows Chinese COVID-19 vaccine trial

SAO PAULO – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Friday approved clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac, according to an official gazette publication. The study – first announced on June 11 – is led by Instituto Butantan, a research center funded by the state of Sao Paulo. The agreement with Sinovac includes not only trials but also the transference of technology to produce the potential vaccine locally. On June 29, Sao…

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Aeromexico shares rise for second day despite missed debt payment

MEXICO CITY – Shares in airline Aeromexico closed up 4.48% on Friday, rising for a second straight day even as the company missed a debt payment after filing for bankruptcy protection. Aeromexico , part-owned by Delta Air Lines Inc , this week became the third airline in Latin America to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the business took a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Late on Thursday, bank CIBanco said Aeromexico had…

"Aeromexico shares rise for second day despite missed debt payment"

Mexico registers 6,740 more coronavirus infections, 654 new deaths

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,740 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 654 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 245,251 cases and 29,843 deaths. The number of new cases was just one less than the record number reported on Thursday. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

"Mexico registers 6,740 more coronavirus infections, 654 new deaths"

JBS plant in Brazil allowed to reopen again after COVID-19 outbreak

SAO PAULO – Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA has been allowed to reopen its chicken plant in the southern town of Passo Fundo after an outbreak of the novel coronavirus among its employees, the company told on Friday. “JBS confirms the resumption of activities in Passo Fundo,” the company said. According to court documents seen by , judge Vania Maria Cunha Mattos understood that halting operations until an appeal is ruled could hurt economic activities. “(It…

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Prehistoric ochre mining operation found in submerged Mexican caves

WASHINGTON – Researchers diving into dark submerged caves on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have found evidence of an ambitious mining operation starting 12,000 years ago and lasting two millennia for red ochre, an earth mineral pigment prized by prehistoric peoples. More than 100 dives totaling more than 600 hours in Quintana Roo state turned up numerous mining artifacts, the scientists said on Friday. These included ochre extraction pits, digging tools like hammerstones and small piledrivers made…

"Prehistoric ochre mining operation found in submerged Mexican caves"

Brazil set to pass 1.5 million coronavirus cases, cities reopen anyway

SAO PAULO – Brazil was set to pass 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, as the virus continues to ravage Latin America’s largest country even as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising. Brazil has the world’s second largest outbreak after the United States and the virus has killed over 60,000 people in the country. In Rio de Janeiro, crowds gathered to drink on the sidewalk of an upscale…

"Brazil set to pass 1.5 million coronavirus cases, cities reopen anyway"

Global coronavirus cases exceed 11 million

WASHINGTON – Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months. The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization. Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus while making…

"Global coronavirus cases exceed 11 million"

Embraer union sues to oust planemaker’s board after failed Boeing deal

SAO PAULO – A union representing workers at planemaker Embraer filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking to dismiss the company’s board, after a $4.2 billion deal with Boeing Co collapsed amid the pandemic, leaving the Brazilian jetmaker scrambling for a new path forward. The lawsuit is the latest headache for Embraer in the aftermath of its breakup with Boeing. Under the deal signed in 2018, Boeing was going to buy the majority of Embraer’s commercial…

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