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Mexico’s COVID-19 Briefing – March 21, 2020

By Ricardo Guzman | Sat, 03/21/2020 - 21:00

Mexico’s COVID-19 Briefing – March 21, 2020

 

10 percent of patients hospitalized

Only 10 percent of COVID-19 infected patients are hospitalized, while the rest remain isolated at home, epidemiology head José Luis Alomía reported in today’s health briefing. The Ministry of Health has treated 70 percent of the patients and 14 percent of the confirmed cases are fully recovered.

 

As of Saturday, March 21

48        new cases (from yesterday)

251      confirmed cases nationwide

697      under investigation

2          deaths

 

Volkswagen closes manufacturing plants

In order to preserve the health of the company´s staff and community, Volkswagen has temporarily shut down two of its plants in Guanajuato and Puebla starting  March 30 through April 12, company´s officials announced  in a statement. Besides the contingency plan to face the COVID-19 pandemic, the automakers cited a decrease in market demand and the risk of supply shortages as reasons for the temporary closure.

 

Government will suspend activities

The federal government will suspend all non-priority activities starting March 23 through April 19, according to a Ministry of Health announcement  disclosed on Friday and reported by Reforma. “Work in federal public administration´s areas   that are not considered essential (in case a personal health emergency) will be suspended,” according to a statement disclosed in the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement website.

 

General Motors to halt operations  

Mexico´s General Motors will stop all its operations in manufacturing complexes indefinitely, the company has reported. In San Luis Potosí the assembly plant will close on March 20, while the transmission plant will be opened  until March 30. The Silao assembly plant will stop processes beginning  March 30, following their engine and transmission plants closures.

 

US and Mexican border to restrict all non-essential travel

The border crossings of Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana look half-empty this Saturday after Mexico and the US agreed to restrict all non-essential travel. Such measure has been taken in order to  control the COVID-19 pandemic. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for keeping the border open for trade.

 

Impact on tourism

Given the spread of the COVID-19 worldwide, Xcaret Group reported that it will stop all its operations from March 23 to April 6. In Guerrero, the Ministry of Tourism reported that hotel occupancy dropped 35.3 percent.

 

Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor