18 States in Red, 14 in OrangeBy Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 07/17/2020 - 21:21
The epidemiological traffic light system effective from July 20 to 26 will put 18 states on the red light and 14 on orange, the Ministry of Health has reported. There was no update last week due to inconsistencies in data and now the national scenario had worsened, with one more state in red light since two weeks ago.
During today’s briefing held in the Chiapas Government Palace, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell confirmed 736 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 38,310. A further 7,257 more cases than yesterday increased the national total to 331,298 since the epidemic began.
López-Gatell noted that there is a reducing trend in the percentage of actives cases, or people who got infected in the last 14 days. “The growth rate of the epidemic in Mexico is slowing down. The epidemic persists, but in states like Chiapas numbers are decreasing and the epidemic in the country as a whole is also slowing down,” he said.
Worldwide there are more than 14 million confirmed cases of the new virus, while the death toll passed the 600,000 mark, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
As of Friday, July 17
7,257 new cases (from yesterday)
331,298 confirmed cases nationwide
85,877 under investigation
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Modifications for traffic light system
The General Health Council of the Ministry of Health proposed modifications to the criteria of the epidemiological traffic light system, San Luis Potosí Gov. Juan Manuel Carreras said. After a meeting with Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer and Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell, state health ministers were informed of these changes, said Carreras who is also the Governors National Conference (CONAGO) head. Adjustments in the traffic light are on the assessment of the criteria evaluated.
ABM supports tourism
Mexico Banks Association (ABM) formally joined the Emerging National Alliance for Tourism (ANETUR) to reactivate the tourism sector, the banks office head Luis Niño de Rivera has reported. The alliance aims to implement actions that lessen the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the tourism industry and contribute to its recovery. Niño de Rivera said that by the end of May, banks had given more than MX$151.4 billion in loans to the tourism sector.
Mexico City stays orange
Mexico City will continue from July 20 to 26 at orange on the epidemiological traffic light, said Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum. She explained that though the numbers of hospitalized patients are decreasing, it is not the right moment to change to the yellow light as hospitalization numbers first need to reduce further. If the number of people hospitalized increases then some activities will have to be closed, Sheinbaum warned.
State of Mexico moves from red light
State of Mexico Gov. Alfredo Del Mazo reported the entity will move to orange traffic light effective next week, guaranteeing the opening of a greater number of services. In a video message Del Mazo said that with the change the gradual return to economic activities in the entity is moving forward, aligning with Mexico City in the Valley of Mexico.
Dollar ends session at MX$22.53
The Mexican peso closed with losses against the US dollar on the last day of the week. The exchange rate ended today’s trading at MX$22.53, against MX$22.38 recorded yesterday, according to Banxico. The peso experienced its second consecutive weekly fall.