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Weekly Roundups

Staying Home Is the Most Effective Prevention Method

By Miriam Bello | Wed, 04/08/2020 - 19:15

A more conscious society has been waking up this past week. While some activities cannot stop and many Mexicans depend on their daily work, the flow of people on the streets is diminishing as weeks go by. More serious measures are being taken by public establishments and states are implementing different actions on their own.

Stay home. That is the message from the government, from WHO, from hospitals and medical staff. Stay home, as we, as a society, are responsible to stop contagion, help our healthcare professionals, help security staff and people who are still performing essential activities.

NATIONAL

Due to contingency measures, 346,878 jobs have been lost. The Ministry of Labor sustained that it is illegal for companies to fire their collaborators. The minister also mentioned that the ministry will advise workers in the event of layoffs, salary reductions or unjustified staggered breaks during the health contingency.

For a better response against the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have gathered virtually with governors from all states to hear concerns and create strategies for the pandemic.

President of IMSS, Zoé Robledo, has announced that 138,000 workers that were unsubscribed from the institute in March and the first week of April do not have the right to access social security as many of them did not comply with the minimum worked weeks required to access the service.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations announced that 108 Mexicans have died in the US due to COVID-19.

A group of Cuban doctors has arrived to Mexico. While this might indicate that Mexico has not enough medical staff, the governments clarified that they are here to advise and share their experience on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mexico has received a plane full of medical supplies from China to face the COVID-19 outbreak. The government announced that this is the first shipment coming to Mexico as part of a program to combat the virus. The shipment brought 1,184 boxes with 10.1 tons of Shanghai’s KN95 examination gloves and masks. These supplies are being distributed to IMSS, ISSSTE, PEMEX and SEMAR.

Polemic is being unleashed after Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said Mexico sold facemasks to China back on February. He has stated that stopping sales of such material would have implied declaring a state of alert in Mexico, with negative social, political and economic consequences.

TecSalud proposed intensive public-private collaboration to combat COVID-19. It has proposed strategies to help vulnerable groups, in particular.

Tabasco is raising salaries for healthcare professionals exposed to COVID-19. They will have a 20 percent raise, according to ISSET.

Security staff is also out there watching out for society. This week, the death of one policeman was announced as another nine tested positive for COVID-19.

The Citizen Council for HIV and STIs has sent out a petition to get proper attention and access to heath during the pandemic, as it represents a vulnerable group.

After President López Obrador announced the economic plan to face the pandemic, the Mexican business sector seeks to act on its own. CCE has already announced a couple of actions and declared its support to companies.

INTERNATIONAL

The world has more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Johnson & Johnson has announced a possible vaccine for COVID-19. The company has stated that its drug could be ready by the first half of 2021.

After testing positive for COVID-19, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was sent to intensive care on Monday.

Colombia receives protection equipment for medical personnel, diagnostic kits and equipment for a high-performance laboratory from the UAE to face COVID-19.

Almost 34 percent of the deaths in New York, the most infected city in the US, are Latinos.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Journalist and Industry Analyst