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The head of Mexico’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic has sidestepped calls to resign after Mexicos death count rose to overtake the United Kingdom as the third-highest in the world, AP reports.

Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said late Friday, “I express my respect to the nine of Mexico’s 32 state governors who called for his resignation,” adding “I hope we can continue to work together.”

Mexico reported 688 more confirmed Covid-19 deaths on Friday, raising its accumulated total to 46,688. The number of confirmed cases rose by a near-record 8,458, bringing Mexicos total cases so far to almost 425,000.

A letter calling for López-Gatell’s immediate resignation bore the names of 10 state governors, all from opposition parties, was made public Friday, but later one of those governors said he had not approved the letter and distanced himself from it.

When I enrolled in university in 1990, my prospects were good. At that time about 76% of all 20- to 24-year-olds had a job and nearly two-thirds of those in their early 20s were working full time.

By the time I graduated, the recession had happened and just 69% of those in their early 20s had a job and only 55% were employed full time. It was not until 2006 that as many people in their early 20s had a job as was the case in 1990.

Related: Recessions are awful for young people – but things were already bad for Australians under 35 | Greg Jericho

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When I enrolled in university in 1990, my prospects were good. At that time about 76% of all 20- to 24-year-olds had a job and nearly two-thirds of those in their early 20s were working full time.

By the time I graduated, the recession had happened and just 69% of those in their early 20s had a job and only 55% were employed full time. It was not until 2006 that as many people in their early 20s had a job as was the case in 1990.

There has never again been the same proportion of young people with a full-time job.

Recessions are awful for young people.

But the problem for those now in their 20s is that, unlike for my generation, things were not good even before the recession.

This week the Productivity Commission released two reports that might as well have been titled Young People are Screwed Parts I & II.


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