Transmission Peak on Second Week of MayBy Ricardo Guzman | Sat, 04/18/2020 - 22:30
The Ministry of Health confirmed 104 new deaths from COVID-19 in Mexico bringing the total to 650. An additional 622 confirmed cases brought the total figure to 7,497. Both daily increases are the greatest since the pandemic figures began to be reported.
Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said Mexico City and the metropolitan area have the highest transmission rate and that the maximum estimated transmission peak nationwide would happen in the second week of May. The official reiterated that people over 65 years, pregnant women or those with chronic illnesses should go to hospitals for an early evaluation.
As of Saturday, April 18
622 new cases (from yesterday)
7,497 confirmed cases nationwide
12,369 under investigation
Call to follow López-Gatell recommendations
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged the Mexican people to follow the advice of Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “My recommendation, as President of the Republic, is that we all follow recommendations and advice that specialists are giving us. In a very particular way, the recommendations of Dr. Hugo López-Gatell,” he said in a message. The president pointed out that the contingency strategy is supported by awarded scientists and researchers. “From the beginning I said that we politicians are not experts in everything, or know-it-alls. This is why I think my friend Javier Alatorre was mistaken last night when he said to ignore Hugo López-Gatell,” he said, regarding TV Azteca’s top anchor’s harsh criticism of the government’s official figures on the pandemic and the information provided by the Deputy Minister.
Olga Sánchez calls for unity
Secretary of Interior (Segob) Olga Sánchez Cordero said that it is necessary everyone, without exception, follws the instructions of Deputy Minister Hugo López-Gatell . “Let's stay united in the face of the health emergency that Mexico is going through. Without exception, we must follow directions of the Deputy Minister of Health, who is an expert in epidemiology, and the authorized and official voice of the health sector on this issue,” she wrote on her Twitter account.
Agreement on US border
Mexico and the US have agreed to maintain restrictions on border crossings to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House has reported. During a conversation between US and Mexico presidents, both leaders “discussed the need to maintain restrictions on travelers crossing by land for non-essential purposes, while ensuring border-crossing for activities that are crucial to trade, health security and other essential industries,” the White House stated.
Control in public transport
A strategy to regulate access to Mexico City subway stations is being assessed to reduce crowd concentrations, Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum has reported. “The Metro had an increase in users, a situation similar to the one we experienced in the week before Easter,” she acknowledged. Sheinbaum said cases in Mexico’s capital city continue to increase, with 2,080 confirmed cases and 136 deaths registered so far.