translated from Spanish: Remittances keep Mexican people alive despite coronavirus

Puebla.- Remittances remain fundamental to millions of Mexicans, especially in municipalities such as Tepeojuma, in the central state of Puebla, where they fear that coronavirus will wipe out this important source of subsistence.” (My son) lives in Chicago, works in a restaurant and supports me, has his tips and supports me with $180 or $200 that equates to about 4,000 Mexican pesos,” He said on Saturday in a telephone interview with Efe María Rodríguez, a Resident of Tepeojuma.

His firstborn has lived in America for 20 years, went looking for the American dream and stayed there because he already has a family of his own. She never saw him again.
Maria Rodriguez, who preferred not to attend in person because of her fear of leaving home or receiving home visits for the coronavirus, said she said she was afraid that her son might get infected and receive bad news. Across the United States, there are already more than 1,270,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, which has left at least 76,400 deaths, according to the independent John Hopkins University count.While in Mexico, the pandemic has left 3,160 dead and more than 31,500 confirmed cases. In March, the timely sending of remittances of her son allowed María Rodríguez to move forward despite the global pandemic, which has led to the paralysis of non-essential activities and social estrangement, putting millions of Mexicans in a difficult situation. The sending of money by Maria’s son is not unique, as in March, Mexico received $4.016 million in remittances, 49% more than February 2.694 million. This figure surprised because it is one of the highest levels ever recorded and because it occurs in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world and especially in the United States, where more than 20 million people have lost their jobs. In the state of Puebla about 50 of the 217 municipalities that the region has are greatly benefited by the sending of remittances. And in some places like Tepeojuma, where it is estimated that 90% of its nearly 8,500 inhabitants live on remittances sent by relatives from the United States, mainly from New York or Chicago.WITH FEAR TO LOSS
However, the arrival of resources during the month of March has not been full of happiness, as the onset of health contingency on U.S. territory has caused the finances of the inhabitants to come to a second place. Now, the main concern is the health of their relatives, who are asked to maintain quarantine to avoid catching coronavirus. Germán Ortiz, an Atlixco resident and a reporter by profession, suffered the loss of one of his brothers to COVID-19 in New York, who developed symptoms in early April and died on the 19th of that month.
From the repatriation of the remains, the support given by the Government of Mexico in New York State is in force to return the remains. In several cases it is by funeral home, but in our case they will support us to send the ballot box, he told Efe.

According to the authorities, his brother’s remains will be sent in June.
Germán has four siblings in the United States and reveals that being away from them at this difficult time has caused the uncertainty of what is happening to be complicated. Because he only finds out what’s going on the news, as relatives in the neighboring country often lie and say everything is okay.He shared that another of his siblings got infected but was able to have a ventilator in the hospital where he was treated and, after a fortnight of battle, he’s already left the hospital and is quarantined. Ortiz revealed that this situation has complicated the economic situation of his parents, who were most resource-intensive, more necessary than ever now because of confinement. Likewise, Germán Ortiz explained that the economic situation will be complicated over the next few months, since his brothers are not working and do not know if his resources will reach for the coming months. Its history is reflected in many other Mexicans with relatives in the United States. According to official data, more than 660 Mexicans residing in the neighboring country have died from COVID-19. And in the meantime, millions of families in Mexico still live off remittances, although it remains to be known whether their relatives on the other side of the Rio Bravo will be able to help them financially for much longer. Mexican representative Andrés Manuel López Obrador has described migrants as “living heroes” because remittances help the popular economy. Remittances, which come mainly from Mexican migrants living in the United States, represent Mexico’s second source of foreign exchange, after auto exports, and constitute a significant income for millions of people. In 2019 alone, $36,048 million was received, an all-time high and 7.04% higher than in 2018. You can intersarCoronavirus Mexico: Latest news today May 09 about the Covid 19José Angel Córdova sees return of the sport in mid-JuneDo you want to know the statistics of covid-19 in your region?


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