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Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Wednesday the capital will embark on a large-scale Covis-19 testing effort as the centerpiece of its plan to reopen its economy, diverging from the federal governments strategy, which has shunned widespread testing as a waste of resources, AP reports.
The goal will be performing some 100,000 tests per month by July and with those results trying to detect and isolate new infections as quickly as possible, Sheinbaum said in a news conference. It will be paired with an intensive information campaign.
Johns Hopkins has just added new cases to its tally for the US, with 1,999,313 currently confirmed.
While Reuters and some other outlets have reported that cases have already passed 2 million, throughout the pandemic, the Guardian has chosen to rely on Johns Hopkins data, which is based on official figures.