Mexico coronavirus latest update: an acceleration in the spread of covid

16/01/2021

As of January 16, 2021, there are 1,212,403 people recovered from coronavirus in Mexico. There are 1,630,258 confirmed cases and 2,050,653 negative cases. There have been 140,241 confirmed deaths. Nationally, 41% of general hospitalization beds are available and 59% occupied. In beds with ventilators, 48% are available and 52% occupied.

The entities that joined the maximum risk in this federal tool are Guanajuato and Morelos, which were in orange 15 days ago. In total, 22 entities will be in orange, while in yellow, of medium risk, three will remain, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz, and in green, of low risk, only two, Campeche and Chiapas.

The states in orange colored lights are: Baja California Sur, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro, Tlaxcala, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

The semaphore will start to be applied from this Monday and will be in effect on January 17, although the colors can be modified in the interval of this period.

In the capital city and the Mexican State, the return to maximum risk was announced on December 18. The measures were implemented from the day after the announcement and, according to the authorities, will be in force at least until January 10.

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.

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.

By Mexicanist, Sources: daily and weekly updates from Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexican Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion