Coronavirus latest: number of Covid-19 cases in Mexico as of February 09, 2021
As of February 11, 2021, there are 1,528,304 people recovered from coronavirus in Mexico and 171,234 confirmed deaths. Nationwide, 54% of general hospital beds are available and 46% occupied. In ventilator beds, 57% are available and 43% occupied.
Airports in Tamaulipas, Quintana Roo and Nuevo Leon installed modules to perform coronavirus tests for passengers traveling to the United States and Canada, thus meeting the requirement recently established by those governments for travelers coming from abroad.
Travelers will be able to take the antigen test even on the same day of their flight, since it is generated in a period of between 15 and 30 minutes, delivering the result in a physical printed document or electronically, so that the passenger will have these means to prove to the airline the result of their test.
In Quintana Roo, the group Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR), the company that manages the Cancun air terminal, has set up three modules to carry out the antigen test for passengers traveling to the United States, since as of Monday it is a requirement to have a negative result in order to enter the country.
ASUR personnel explained that these modules were set up with the support of the Government of Quintana Roo and the Comisión Federal para la Protección Contra Riesgos Sanitarios (Cofepris), as well as the company Equiver, whose personnel are in charge of performing the antigen tests.
The cost of each of the tests for travelers going to the U.S. is 17 dollars (or its equivalent in the local currency, 340 pesos) and the result is provided after 30 minutes. The modules for the application of the antigen tests at the Cancun International Airport were placed in terminals 2 (in the park located in front of the building), 3 (inside the facilities), and 4 (on the platform of the tourist transporters).
In Quintana Roo, hotels and vacation clubs are offering free testing and accommodation to guests who become infected. Miriam Cortés Franco, executive president of the Association of Vacation Clubs of Quintana Roo, assured that most of the members affiliated with this organization will offer free antigen tests and free lodging for 14 days to their guests in case they test positive.
Likewise, the Monterrey International Airport installed a testing module to detect COVID-19 to travelers. Since early Tuesday morning, Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) personnel set up an area in terminal A and B to perform the antigen tests. In the area, there are three rows: one for international travelers, another for domestic travelers, and the last one for the general public. At the back is the fully enclosed testing cubicle.
No mandatory quarantine for the US travelers
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion reported that Mexican borders or airports will not implement mandatory quarantines for travelers arriving in Mexican territory. According to the public official, epidemiological and health authorities consider that the evidence does not certify that the coronavirus or quarantine tests could be a "mitigating mechanism" in the face of a pandemic of such proportions.
He warned that although the borders "are geographical, but also political-administrative accidents of humanity," but currently the intensity of the epidemic is comparable in almost all countries.
Therefore, it does not make any difference between the arrival of ten or 600,000 people, because those who travel generally feel and are in good health, so people at risk of carrying the virus could be only a minority. Isolating these minorities for 14 days, compared to the large number of people who travel, could mean more of a hindrance, beyond being a benefit.
Mexican people with residence in the United States have the right to health care in the national territory, but in the case of coronavirus COVID-19 vaccines, the option of applying them through the health windows could be explored.
Epidemiological light in Mexico today
The coronavirus continues to cause pain and countless losses throughout the Mexican territory, so authorities have had to take some measures to contain it. See what color your state is according to the epidemiological traffic light here.
In view of the latest events in Mexico as a result of the new coronavirus outbreak, the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made available a COVID-19 map for the entire region. In the same way as a traffic light, the country's health authorities created the SARS-CoV-2 epidemiological traffic light in Mexico, all this in order to determine and guide the different states on the mobility that each one should have during the duration of the pandemic according to the red, orange, yellow and green colors.
As of Monday, February 1st, thirteen Mexican states are marked RED due to the pandemic: Mexico City, Colima, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, Queretaro and San Luis Potosi.
One level below, in ORANGE, we find another seventeen states including: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tlaxcala, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán and Zacatecas.
Last but not least, to date, there are only two YELLOW states in Mexico: Chiapas and Campeche. As for the GREEN states, unfortunately, to date, there is not a single one that can be placed at this level. It is worth remembering that this classification is valid until February 14, when it will be updated.
What do the different colors of the warning light mean?
If hospital occupancy exceeds 65% or if there are two continuous weeks of stable increase, only essential economic activities will be allowed, and people will also be allowed to walk around their homes during the day.
If hospital occupancy is below 65% and if there are two continuous weeks of a downward trend, in addition to the essential economic activities, companies of non-essential economic activities will be allowed to work with 30% of the personnel for their operation, always taking into account the maximum care measures for people with a higher risk of presenting a severe COVID-19 condition, open public spaces will be opened with a reduced capacity (number of people).
If hospital occupancy is below 50% and if there are two continuous weeks of a downward trend, all work activities are allowed, taking care of people at highest risk of severe COVID-19. Open public space is opened on a regular basis, and closed public spaces can be opened with reduced capacity. As with other traffic light colors, these activities should be conducted with basic precautionary measures and maximum care for those most at risk of severe COVID-19.
If hospital occupancy is below 50% and at least one month with stable low occupancy, all activities are permitted, including school activities.
US coronavirus travel alert for Mexico
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States raised to level 4 (the highest) the risk of traveling to Mexico because of the probability of contracting coronavirus in national territory.
The organization suggests that if you must travel to Mexico, you should first consult your doctor, especially if you have a higher risk of contracting a serious coronavirus disease. It adds that, if the traveler becomes ill in Mexico, he or she may need medical attention, for which he or she should plan ahead and obtain more information on how to obtain medical care abroad.
They also suggest taking a viral test between one and three days before traveling, as well as following all entry requirements and giving any required or requested health information. They recommend using mouthguards throughout the trip and staying at least six feet away from other people.
Marisol Vanegas Perez, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, said that this is not a travel alert like those issued by the Department of State of the American Union, but rather a recommendation, which is not mandatory, but instead suggests that tourists take a viral test between one and three days before traveling.
The latter can be beneficial for Mexico and particularly for Quintana Roo, since Americans are taking more precautions before visiting our country, since the American Union has the greatest number of infections in the world and is also the greatest market for foreign tourists to Mexico.
The official recalled that Quintana Roo and particularly the Mexican Caribbean received around 4 million American tourists in 2019 and in 2020, despite the coronavirus crisis, the American Union remains the main emitter of travelers to Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
She ruled out that for the time being the travel recommendation issued by the CDC inhibits the arrival of visitors to Quintana Roo, since not even when the state traffic light was in orange were the travel restrictions to the region tightened, although she said that it will be necessary to wait until the State Department of the U.S. government does not issue a more restrictive travel alert following the announcement by the CDC.