Despite the official period of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Mexico, the month of march ended with the highest rate of voluntary manslaughter since the beginning of the sexennium, in December 2018, with 2,585 victims.
According to figures from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP), in the last week were reported 646 murders and an increase in looting. In addition to that during the first quarter of 2020 increased, compared to last year, 3.6% the number of victims by homicide.
The last most violent month it had been June of 2019 with 2,543 cases in 30 days.
Were reported 7,313 cases for the crime of homicide from January to march of 2020according to the report Casualties reported for the crime of murder of Prosecutors ‘ offices, state and federal agencies of the government of Mexico posted on Tuesday, march 31.
The first quarter of 2019 accumulated 7,056 victims, while from January to march this year there were 7,313 crimes. March 2020, with a daily average of 83.4 murdershad 181 cases more than the same month last year. The figures have been increasing during the first quarter of this year.
The March 31 is reported 80 victims for the crime of homicide: the majority are concentrated in the states of Guanajuato (14), Jalisco (8), Michoacán (8), Mexico State (8), Guerrero (5), and Chiapas (5).
In the week from 23 to 29 February, when it was confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country, there were 543 murders. Last week, from 23 to 29 march, the figure increased to 646. During the Saturday, march 28 is confirmed 104 more victims.
Juan Carlos Montero, a professor and researcher in the School of Social Sciences and Government of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, explained to EFE that “organized crime is not going to stop by the ‘healthy distance’ and, in fact, we can expect an increase of some crimes”.
In addition to measures of prevention and containment, such as the partial closure of the international border with the U.S., could increase the tension between cartels for control of territory in the country. “It is likely that crimes such as extortion or the payment floor, to the extent that they are closed the business, will lead to the cartels to seek other forms of financing illicit” said to EFE Javier Oliva, a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
The National day of Healthy Distancecreated to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country, spread until the 30 of April. The initiatives include basic measures of prevention, temporary suspension of non-essential activities, reprogramming of event of massive concentration, and the protection and care of older people.
The sanitary authorities of Mexico reported Wednesday that there are already 1,378 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country and 37 deathsto which are added eight deaths in the last 24 hours.
The mexican government decreed from this Monday, the health emergency due to force majeure in one of the most decisive of the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to face the epidemic of COVID-19. In addition, they extended the suspension of all non-essential activities, including those to federal agencies.