New Traffic Light has 17 States in OrangeBy Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 07/03/2020 - 21:30
The Ministry of Health recorded 654 new deaths from COVID-19 bringing the national total to 29,843. There are 245,251 accumulated cases, after 6,740 new more confirmations were added in the last 24 hours, recording only one case less than yesterday’s record for a daily report. Further 654 new deaths rose the total to 29,843 nationwide.
After this results Mexico passed Italy in total positive cases, placing itself in the ninth global spot according to Johns Hopkins University.
During today’s briefing the new epidemiological traffic light, effective for next week, was presented by Director of Epidemiology Jose Luis Alomía with 17 states in orange and the 15 remaining still in red. Chiapas, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Guanajuato and Coahuila changed from orange to red, while Guerrero, Hidalgo, Morelos and Oaxaca were upgraded to orange.
The rest of the states in orange are Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Durango, Jalisco, Michoacan, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Yucatan, and Zacatecas.
As of Friday, July 3
6,740 new cases (from yesterday)
245,251 confirmed cases nationwide
77,750 under investigation
Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)
US Dollar MX$22.42 (-0.24%)
BMV IPC 37,950 (0.15%)
Dow Jones 25,827.36 (----)
Mexico City still in orange
Mexico City Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum announced that the following week the city’s traffic light will be maintained in orange. She added that the opening of department stores and shopping malls will be postponed two days, for next Wednesday. “This week we had a very important review on measures, we have been very strict saying that only 30 percent of capacity will be allowed,” she said.
Businesses closed for not abiding measures
Businesses located in Mexico City Historic Center will close again this weekend, as some did not abide all sanitary measures included in the orange traffic light, the Government’s office head Rosa Icela Rodríguez said. She stated that the reactivation guidelines will be reviewed and reinforced, in order to implement sanctions for those who fail to comply with hygiene protocols.
State of Mexico starts reopening
State of Mexico Gov. Alfredo del Mazo announced the reopening of restaurants, hotels, stores and shopping centers, with a maximum capacity of 30 percent starting next Monday, despite being still in red light. Small neighborhood businesses will also reopen. “We have a permanent bond with Mexico City and are working together to resume activities,” Del Mazo said.
WHO recommends zone control
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Mexico to resume activates by zones, maintaining strictest measures in areas with higher contagion rates. “You need detailed data of each area to assess their situation. There may be areas in Mexico where it is important to reduce activity,” said WHO’s Emergencies head Mike Ryan, after being questioned about the situation in the country.
Peso ends week up 2.42 percent
The Mexican currency appreciated 0.23 percent, trading at MX$22.42 units per dollar after today´s session, according to Banxico data. On a weekly performance the Mexican peso registered a 2.42 percent advance against greenback, ending three consecutive weeks of losses.