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Nearly 1,000 Mexico Nationals Dead From COVID-19 In The U.S.

Marcelo Ebrard
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
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Marcelo Ebrard is Mexico's secretary of Foreign Affairs

MEXICO CITY — The COVID-19 virus attacks regardless of any nationality. And the Mexican government is reporting hundreds of its nationals sick in the U.S. and nearly 1,000 dead.  

On Monday, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard released the latest numbers from its 50 consulates in the United States.

So far, 959 Mexicans have perished in the U.S. due to the pandemic. More than two-thirds of them died in New York. 

The consulates also reported a total of 356 cases of Mexicans with the coronavirus in the U.S. 

Twenty-six American states are reported to have Mexicans sick of COVID-19. New York has the most cases, 101, followed by Texas and California.

The Mexican Consulate in Arizona reported 17 cases of Mexicans carrying the virus, and one dead. 

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Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.