An Epicenter’s Epicenter

Iztapalapa, Mexico City's most crowded district, is home to the largest produce market in the Western Hemisphere—and now an epicenter of one of the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks.  

  • Mexico’s government spending to fight the pandemic is among the lowest anywhere.
  • At Central de Abasto, workers were late adopters to mask-wearing.
  • Ultimately the virus ran rampant among workers who simply cannot afford to stay home.

 Few in the district are untouched by the virus, and virtually no one has escaped the economic turmoil that has Latin America facing one of the world’s worst economic crises.
“Starvation [has] haunted people who had never considered themselves poor,” writes Azam Ahmed.
The New York Times

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