The heads of government Claudia Sheinbaum and Alfredo del Mazo as well as the undersecretary for health, Hugo López Gatell, asked to avoid the typical festivities of the Christmas season and not to leave the house.
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The red light is activated in CDMX and Edomex. The home of more than 20 million people will return to strict quarantine over the weekend after the increase in infections and hospital stays due to coronavirus, said Undersecretary of State for Health, accompanied by CDMX Prime Minister Claudia Sheinbaum. ;; and the Governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo del Mazo.
The agency, Hugo López-Gatell, added that the provision will be in effect from Saturday through January 10th.
“The sluggishness of the epidemic requires additional efforts and we have come to the conclusion that exceptional measures are needed (…) to ensure that infections, hospitalizations and deaths are reduced over the next three weeks,” said López-Gatell.
“We will temporarily cease certain economic activities that are significant contributors to people’s mobility and gathering,” added the agency, the most visible face of the official strategy to fight the pandemic.
In addition, the authorities asked to avoid the typical celebrations of the Christmas season and not to leave the house.
In June, the Mexican authorities ended the two-month detention with a gradual program of reopening activities through an epidemiological monitoring system at traffic lights.
Upon returning to the area with the red color of the traffic light, according to the guidelines of the “traffic light for epidemiological risk” of the Mexican Ministry of Health, only economic activities that are considered essential are allowed.
Governor Alfredo del Mazo stated that the state of Mexico is 75% able to care for patients with COVID-19. This is the highest level since the first half of 2020, when a health emergency was declared in the country.
The president added that they are working to increase hospital capacity and are coordinating with the CDMX government to put in place measures on childbirth.
Claudia Sheinbaum urged the population to make these “extraordinary efforts” to comply with measures and slow down the pace of COVID-19 infections in the most populous region of Mexico.