Ciudad Juarez coronavirus: lethality rate is twice that of the country

Ciudad Juarez doubles the national death rate and yesterday officially exceeded two hundred deaths per Covid-19, while it is close to 900 infections. According to data provided by Arturo Valenzuela Zorrilla, medical director of the Northern Zone, this border counts 208 deaths and 883 infections.

Ciudad Juarez. Photo: EFE
Ciudad Juarez. Photo: EFE

As of yesterday, 7,179 deaths from the new strain of SARS-COV-2 coronavirus and 65,856 infections were reported in the country, with a 10% fatality rate, but Juarez has, according to state indicators, a 23% fatality rate, based on a division of the number of deaths by the number of official infections.

The lethality rate on this border is also higher than the 18 percent that the pandemic disease presents in the state, which until yesterday totaled 261 deaths and 1,400 cases confirmed through PCR tests, which allow the presence of the virus in the body to be made official.

Previously, Valenzuela Zorrilla explained that the percentage of lethality presented by Juarez is due to the fact that the border maintains the largest population rate in the state, which contributed to the faster dispersion and also highlighted that there are temporal and spatial factors.

"We started before Chihuahua and any other municipality. We started first than anyone else here in the state, which implies an advance, and we are also on the border, back to back with the country of greatest dispersion (United States)," the surgeon said.

In light of this, he said that even with the economic recovery, which is undergoing a trial period from May 18 to 31 and is expected to formally begin on June 1, the community must maintain a healthy distance and not be overconfident, since in the gradual decline of the epidemic there is a risk that there will be an upsurge of infections that will saturate all hospitals in this border city.

"We are, as we have said, at the top, at the most critical point of the pandemic. We need to discipline ourselves, to resist a few more days in conditions of total isolation; we will be told how we will integrate, opening up some public spaces, little by little. It is very important to do it in an orderly, conscious, and very disciplined way so as not to generate a peak in full decline that would disrupt the effort we have made for a couple of months," he concluded.

Flight and travel prices go down

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, airlines and travel agencies in Ciudad Juarez have lowered their prices.

According to one provider who asked not to be identified, prices of vacation packages to destinations such as Mazatlan, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta decreased from last year's summer. The reason is to encourage people to travel once the health emergency is over.

At the travel agency, the cost of a basic package for four people departing in August and September is currently between 5,000 and 7,000 pesos, and varies depending on different factors such as all-inclusive services, days of lodging, among others. The same package to the above-mentioned destinations exceeded $7,000 pesos during 2019, as detailed by the person interviewed.

Airlines such as Volaris and VivaAerobus have also promoted departures from Juarez to destinations such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Leon, Acapulco, Cancun, and Mazatlan, with prices ranging from $425 to $1,800 pesos, depending on the date of travel.

The travel agency recommended that travelers schedule their departures for late August or from September, depending on the advance of the health alert, to avoid changes or cancellations. Among the main destinations sought by Juarez residents during the summer is the beach.

At the moment, non-essential flights and departures are canceled, resuming activities by June, according to the provisions of the authority.