Mexico City Hospitalization on the Rise; Mobility RestrictedBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Wed, 12/16/2020 - 09:59
Mexico has one of the highest mortality rates in the world when it comes to COVID-19. As of Dec. 15, Mexico City has 20.9 percent of all cases reported in the country and almost 10 percent of deaths, according to JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data. Because of this, mobility in Mexico City has decreased by 3 percent in the last seven days, according to Forbes Mexico, as hospitalization rates are at their highest point of all year. “An important part of the population has reacted to what we are doing. On Thursday, a massive campaign urging us to stay at home started, which will be expanded this week. We ask you to keep cooperating,” Claudia Sheinbaum, Mayor of Mexico City, announced.
This Monday saw the highest number of hospitalizations. The previous high point occurred in May when the city reached a total of 4,553 hospitalizations in a week. This week surpassed that with 4,598 patients hospitalized. “We are at the limit we saw in May; this is why we keep insisting on our citizens. Hospital capacity has grown but we need to stabilize and then reduce admissions, which we will only achieve if we all participate,” Sheinbaum continued. When asked why the city did not change its street light status to red, the Mayor said that the city is announcing a state of alert and urged citizens to cooperate. She insisted on five contagion prevention rules: staying home, wearing a facemask and keeping a safe distance, no parties, going alone to make essential purchases and isolating completely if tested positive.
The Mexico City government has implemented many actions to prevent COVID-19 contagions, such as the use of QR Codes in public spaces and transportation. “What we need right now is to be more aware that this is everyone’s responsibility. We need to understand that for reasons of solidarity and responsibility we have to reduce our mobility as much as possible,” said Oliva López Arellano, Head of the Mexico City Ministry of Health, in an interview last night, reported Televisa. When asked about the high number of hospitalization cases, she responded: “It is important to highlight that the places with the highest levels of contagion happen at closed venues with poor air circulation and where people stay for a long time, without facemasks and talking without a safe distance.” Both Representatives highlighted the importance of not celebrating Mexican posadas, which could allow for further spreading of the virus.