Mexico is considering reopening parts of the country by mid-May, even as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise.   

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Monday that the country could enter “phase three” in a matter of days, meaning the coronavirus will begin to rampantly spread from city to city.     

Officials say this is when the healthcare system will be pushed to its limit and may even collapse as there is not enough equipment to treat people.  

In addition, healthcare professionals are worried about contracting the virus amid a shortage of protective

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