In Puerto Vallarta the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has dropped considerably, to only 2 deaths in the last week, while in August there were weeks of up to 113 deaths in one week. The new person in charge of the Civil Registry Office in the municipality, Jaime Castillo Copado, informed that from the 1st to the 7th of October only two death certificates were issued in which COVID-19 was the cause of death.

It is worth remembering that at the time, the former head of the Civil Office Ramiro Ivan Campos Ortega had shared statistics on the decrease of deaths due to the coronavirus, according to the records of the Puerto Vallarta Civil Office and its municipal delegations, as well as of people who were transferred from Hospital 33 of the IMSS of Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, but who were residents of Vallarta.

The first week of August there were 113 deaths, the second week 91, the third week 66 and the last week 59 deaths; the first week of September it went down to 16, but the following week it increased again to 30, the third week it went down to 16 and continued decreasing to 10 from September 20th to 26th. Master Jaime Castillo, pointed out:

"Remember that only what is carried out from this agency is the registration of these deaths that are accompanied by the death certificate from the Ministry of Health. Therefore, from October 1 to 7, we have registered 2 deaths by COVID-19".

He pointed out that he found his office with workers committed to their work.  He highlighted that the service is being regularized but they continue to respect the sanitary protocols, and some services with appointments.

"We are attentive to the instructions of the health authorities to find the tuning and precisely continue to take care of this pandemic. We must not forget the use of masks, now with or without appointments, in transportation and public buildings is already an obligation," reiterated the municipal official.

Mr. Castillo Copado shared:

"What we want is to remind the citizenship to continue taking care but to offer them the opening, little by little we are already opening windows, working regularly, taking care of the healthy distance, what follows with appointment are marriages and annotations of birth certificates, and the largest number of acts we are trying, providing the service, trying to meet in the courtyard of Presidency to avoid crowds in the offices".

Guadalajara and Vallarta airports achieve sanitary certification as safe locations

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), in charge of the operation of the Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta airports, achieved the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certification from the Airports Council International of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to the two Jalisco airports, the reaccreditation includes the air terminals of Tijuana, Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Morelia, La Paz, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, all in Mexico, as well as two more in Jamaica.

The Airport Health Accreditation recertification is granted to member airports that are aligned and comply with the health protocols proposed by the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization's Aviation Recovery Task Force. This recognition is intended to safeguard the public health of all users and collaborators and to provide confidence with priority to health and safety in a measurable, coordinated, and established manner.

Variants of concern

The 87 variants of concern have been detected in 21 municipalities: Zapopan, Guadalajara, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Puerto Vallarta, Jocotepec, El Salto, Zapotlán el Grande, Tonalá, Tala, Chiquilistlán, Tecalitlán, Atotonilco el Alto, Sayula, Ameca, Ojuelos, Pihuamo, Acatic and Zapotlanejo.

The ALPHA variant is present in: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Zapotlán El Grande, Tlaquepaque and Zapopan.

The GAMMA variant is present in: Guadalajara, Zapopan, Zapotlán El Grande, Tlaquepaque, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Tecalitlán, Chiquilistlán, Tonalá, Puerto Vallarta and Tala.

The DELTA variant is present in: Zapopan, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, El Salto, Jocotepec, Guadalajara, Atotonilco el Alto, Sayula, Ameca, Ojuelos, Pihuamo, Puerto Vallarta, Zapotlanejo, Zapotlán el Grande, Acatic and Tonalá.

At the international level and as a result of SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance, multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants have been detected. Many of these mutations are already in Jalisco.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the variants according to the public health problem they represent: There are variants of interest (VOI) and variants of concern (VOC); the latter are considered a public health problem, as they have demonstrated the ability to be more contagious, have a distinct clinical presentation, or have increased lethality.