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We have already entered Phase 3 of the epidemiological protocol: This means for Mexico

April 21, 2020

This stage occurs when the virus affects thousands of people in various locations. Due to their urgency, more drastic health protocols such as generalized quarantine are put in place.

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Undersecretary of Health Hugo López Gatell declared Phase 3 of Mexico's epidemiological protocol initiated to deal with the outbreak of the SARSCov2 coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 .

We have already entered Phase 3 of the epidemiological protocol: This means for MexicoWe have already entered Phase 3 of the epidemiological protocol: This means for Mexico

During his participation in the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador , the official decreed that Mexico entered the stage of the health emergency in which the number of infections will occur among the population with the maximum number of confirmed cases per day. .

“Today we want to start in Phase 3 of the Covid-19 epidemic, remembering in the stage of rapid rise of infections and hospitalizations, but that we must continue to maintain the National Day of Healthy Distance so that these are the minimum”, López-Gatell announced.

This stage occurs when the virus affects thousands of people in various locations. Due to their urgency, more drastic health protocols such as generalized quarantine are put in place.

It is expected that in current conditions, between 175,000 and 300,000 people will become ill, against the 1.2 million who would have been infected without mitigation measures. Of those infected, the minority is expected to require hospitalization in therapy

intensive (12 thousand people intubated) since more than 70% of infected people could be asymptomatic.

As of April 20 at night, the Ministry of Health had confirmed 8,772 cases confirmed by the Covid-19 test with 712 deaths.

“Do not think that we are already out of the epidemic, in any way, we are not even in the phase of reducing cases, we are exactly in the stage of maximum speed of rise of the epidemic,” he said.

López-Gatell that the General Health Council (CSG) approved the declaration of phase 3, but that “it is up to the Ministry of Health to issue the guidelines to make these provisions operational and is responsible for enforcing and applying the different Administrative modalities that guarantee that the mitigation measures are complied with, having said this, today we are starting phase 3 ”.

The official indicated that when he was exposed to the CSG, it was explained that in different geographical areas of Mexico, Covid-19 infections already exceeded a thousand cases:

  • Western Region – 3,581 cases
  • Central Region – 7 thousand 984 cases
  • North Region – 4 thousand 277 cases
  • South Region – One thousand 446 cases

In entities with the fewest number of cases and where virus control is achieved, social distancing measures may be lifted from May 18.

What does Phase 3 involve?

Actions that will be reinforced during this stage:

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  • Protection and care of older adults and other groups at higher risk such as pregnant or immunosuppressed women
  • Extension of the cessation of non-essential activities until June 1 for the most contagious municipalities such as Mexico City, Chetumal and Guadalajara
  • Cancellation of any massive event, celebration or meeting
  • Intensification of hospital conversion measures
  • All available personnel from IMSS, ISSSTE, the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of the Navy and Pemex will come into play to attend specialized hospitals and install field hospitals through the Plan DN-III program.
  • The López Obrador government and the National Association of Private Hospitals have agreed that the private sector will pay attention to the beneficiaries of the IMSS, ISSSTE, Insabi, Pemex and the armed forces.

A curfew is ruled out, although in some states sanctions are already applied for those who do not attend the indication “Stay at home”.

Remember that if you suspect having a Covid-19 infection, you must call the Epidemiological and Health Intelligence Unit (UiES) 800-00-44-800, before going to hospitals. This is to avoid that the affected people have more circulation through the populations since the average time that the coronavirus can last in a person is approximately two weeks.

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