Market Collapse in Mexico City’s Bread Basket

“More than anything, it hit the tomato men,” said Claudia Pérez Ocampo, who manages a stall in Mexico City’s iconic Central de Abasto market.
 
The market, which supplies 80% of the capital’s food and is staffed by a patchwork of leaseholders, offers a striking anecdotal account of COVID-19’s toll on vulnerable food vendors.
 
Workers there can rattle off the names of dozens of vendors who’ve lost their lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some predict thousands have died, but most fly under the official radar.
 
Accustomed to poor care and mistrustful of authorities, many vendors actively avoided hospitals as rumors spread that doctors were deliberately killing patients.

The Washington Post

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