The restrictive measures introduced at the end of March were expected to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus and significantly reduce crime in the affected country. However, the statistics did not confirm this. There were 2,585 murders in March, a record.
López Obrador blamed the rival gangs for the still high homicide rate, who continue to fight for territories and with each other.
However, contrary to previous fears, there has been no increase in domestic violence while people have to stay home during times of emergency, he added.
The head of an industry association also suggested that the diversion of freight on motorways could increase 1.5 times, partly due to a shortage of goods at the time of the epidemic. In the coming months, as the country’s economy slows, demand for basic necessities such as ready meals, medicines, toiletries, shoes and clothing will increase, Victor Manuel Presichi said.
Some mass thefts have already been committed in Mexico. Thieves stormed shops in larger groups. In some parts of the country, including the southern state of Guerrero, police are therefore patrolling the shops to prevent looting. The government threatened the looters with up to 16 years in prison.
In Mexico, relatively mild restrictions have been introduced due to the coronavirus. Congregations larger than fifty were banned, some public spaces, including beaches, were closed but no curfews were imposed, restaurants and shops were open, and airports continued to operate.
To date, 1,688 coronavirus infections have been registered in the Latin American state. 60 people died of the disease.
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