Bienestar Gas Kicks Off/Recovering Aviation RankingBy Sofía Hanna | Tue, 08/31/2021 - 11:28
COVID-19. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell announced a sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases in 30 states. “We open the week with a reduction of 18 percent … and it will probably end with 10 percent in week 32 or 33. This indicates a sustained trend. We have 30 entities with a downward curve as opposed to 17 in the last week. Hospitalizations are similar. The curve beyond the maximum point of the third wave is heading downward, and the hospital bed occupancy is starting to fall,” he said at the National Palace. López-Gatell added that this week, 5,885,000 vaccine doses would be delivered to the country. These vaccines will arrive from Sept. 6 to 13. Minister of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard said the shipment would include AstraZeneca doses from the United States, with the rest comprising Moderna doses.
SEP classes. Delfina Gómez Álvarez, the head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), reported that more than 11 million students had returned to face-to-face classes. “The figures are preliminary but 119,497 schools have reported opening, with 970,617 teachers and 11,426,026. The factor that could change a little would be the number of students.”
Wellness gas. Octavio Romero, director of PEMEX, reported on the first three days of testing the operations of the new Gas Bienestar gas distribution company, which started in the towns of Azcapotzalco, Gustavo A. Madero, Xochimilco, Milpa Alta and Tláhuac. “Sixty-eight routes were covered, there were 4,613 tanks of gas and 4,529 were sold, which is 98 percent,” Romero said. On July 7, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported the creation of Gas Bienestar, which is owned by the federal government to sell retail gas at low prices. The gas distribution company is managed by PEMEX to control the price of gas.
Regaining Category 1. Ebrard said that Mexico is expected to recover its Category 1 ranking for air safety from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the first half of 2022. “There is already an agreement to work with the two agencies, there have already been technical visits, there will be others and we estimate that in the first half of next year we will be able to recover Category 1,” Ebrard said. On Tuesday, May 25, the FAA lowered Mexico’s rating to Category 2, a grade it shares with countries such as Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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