Mobility, Tourism Hurt Guerrero and Quintana RooBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Tue, 01/26/2021 - 20:16
Mexican states Guerrero and Quintana Roo are seeing mobility numbers just as high as before the pandemic, according to Apple’s COVID-19 Mobility Report, which is generated through the use of the Maps app. These high numbers, mainly because of tourism, are leading to a spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
COVID-19 continues to rampage across Mexico, with major figures including the Mexican President and the country’s richest man, Carlos Slim, testing positive. These circumstances, however, were not enough to stop local tourism during the holiday season at popular vacation destinations. Quintana Roo saw a 20 percent increase in mobility during the winter break, which rose to over 60 percent during early January, according to the COVID-19 Mobility Report. Guerrero saw an increase in car mobility of 13 percent overall during the month of January, but the state saw its mobility spike at the beginning of the month when it hit 140 percent.
This report matches the increased traffic seen at airports and tollbooths. Crowds were also common in public spaces in Acapulco, Guerrero, and Tulum and Cancun in Quintana Roo. The states also saw increasing reports of parties and commercial establishments that did not follow sanitary rules, leading local authorities to close 265 establishments for failing to adhere to restrictions, including a decreased capacity or social distancing, according to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, reports El Economista.
According to CONACYT’S Mexico COVID-19 Board, in the last days of December 2020 and the beginning of January 2021, infections and hospitalizations have increased among younger people. Those between 20 and 39 years of age are now the most common cases although this group sees the least percentage of deadly symptoms in comparison to older adults.
The increase in mobility could be explained by tourism from people from larger cities in the central part of the country. CONACYT’s data also indicates that communities in Guerrero and Quintana Roo have also experienced an increased contagion rate due to the flow of people during the holidays, with cases in Quintana Roo going from 16,152 to 18,209 and Guerrero from 26,611 to 29,895 in January. CONACYT reports that Guerrero has currently around 900 active cases and Quintana Roo has 705.