Most Confirmed Cases are Still ActiveBy Ricardo Guzman | Sat, 04/04/2020 - 21:37
Around three quarters of the 1,890 confirmed cases were confirmed in the last two weeks, thus these patients are still active cases, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said during the April 4 COVID-19 briefing. Of these, 216 people needed to be hospitalized due to the severity of the symptoms and 25 have been intubated. After reporting 202 new cases since yesterday, the health official said they have 5,827 patients under observation and have ruled out a further 9,467 cases. Mexico City remains the region with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 469. It also has the highest incidence rate with 5.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. The capital is followed by the State of Mexico with 180 cases, Puebla with 125 and Jalisco with 120.
As of Saturday, April 4
202 new cases (from yesterday)
1,890 confirmed cases nationwide
5,827 under investigation
Government wants the impossible
The National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA) lamented that there is not any fiscal stimuli plan agreed with the federal government or other measures to counter the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The federal government is asking us to do the impossible: pay 100 percent of taxes and contributions with zero income. Nobody is obliged to do the impossible, however CANACINTRA´s affiliates will do everything in our power to keep job posts,” the agency said in a statement. The chamber also highlighted that its members represent 52 percent of the GDP of the country and 72 percent of informal employment.
Direct purchases for the pandemic
To secure supplies needed for the contingency plan, public health institutions will simplify direct adjudication procedures and will be able to make payments in advance, according the Official Federation Gazette (DOF). Ministries of Health, the National Defense and the Navy, as well as the Institute of Health for Welfare (INSABI), IMSS and ISSSTE are now authorized to acquire or import drugs, medical equipment and devices, surgical and healing materials, as well as all kinds of goods and services for healthcare.
President praises armed forces
Thanks to the support of its armed forces, Mexico will defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, President López Obrador said. “Mexico will prevail standing on its feet, with dignity and its head held high,” he stated during his visit of the Naval Medical Center to review the hospital infrastructure in which patients infected by COVID-19 will be treated. Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda said that Mexico is winning the battle against the virus because of its discipline, while other developed economies are suffering.
Curfew and fuel sale control in Sonora
Sonora State Health Council approved the tightening of measures and sanctions that include restrictions on the sale of food and fuel, and a curfew in all its municipalities due to the situation experienced by the coronavirus. Restrictions include limiting the sale of fuel to vehicles with non-essential activities and, if possible, to the general population to force them to stay at home. Long lines in gas stations were reported after the announcement.
Agreement Between Aeromexico and Red Cross
Grupo Aeromexico has reported an agreement with the Red Cross to move medical equipment to nine cities for its volunteers and health personnel. The company specified that a first shipment is being transferred to Chihuahua, Villahermosa, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, Durango, León, Acapulco, Campeche and Zacatecas. Aeromexico also reported that it will suspend its Mexico City-Madrid route during April. This is the latest cancellation after flights to the US, South America and Central America and the Caribbean were also cancelled during April.
Volaris cuts capacity by 80 percent
Volaris reported that it will suspend 88 national and international routes during April. Some of the flights that will stop are routes from Mexico City to Chicago, Los Cabos, Monterrey, Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido. Guadalajara routes to Chicago, Los Angeles, Tijuana, Monterrey and Oaxaca are also included in the list. For Volaris, this represents an 80 percent reduction in its operating capacity, the company stated.