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COVID-19 Cases Increase/ Use of Marijuana in Mexico

By Paloma Duran | Tue, 06/29/2021 - 10:45

COVID-19 cases on the rise. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said there is has been a 12 percent increase in COVID-19 cases. However, López-Gatell assured that although the cases continue to increase, the number of deaths is following a downward trend. "We opened the week with an increase of 11 percent, at the moment we have 12 percent, and following the general pattern of behavior we can assume that we will end the week with an increase of 15 or 18 percent." López-Gatell stressed that vaccination has significantly reduced the mortality rate in Mexico, so the government will continue to focus on the vaccination plan.

COVID-19 variants are not more aggressive. Hugo López-Gatell stressed that none of the variants of COVID-19 is considered more aggressive, since there is still no evidence of it. However, he said the Delta variant is believed to be 60 percent more transmissible, “but these studies do not take into account social contexts. There is evidence, but it is still controversial."

Vaccination plan has been successful. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stressed that the National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan has been very successful and emphasized that due to its planning, the COVID-19 vaccines have been able to reach the most marginalized areas of the country. "There is no doubt that we have learned in a year and a half that prevention is better than cure. The pandemic has taught us the importance of improving health services, reducing inequalities, implementing a long-term vaccination policy and keeping people out from of the hospital,” said Health Minister Jorge Alcocer.

Vaccination has begun in Sonora. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that start of the COVID-19 vaccination of people between 18 and 39 years old in four4 municipalities of Sonora began. Icela said that in those municipalities, the government seeks to apply around 93,935 doses of Johnson & Johnson doses, which were donated by the US. “We are installing six6 vaccination centers, where with 52 vaccination cells participatinge. We hope that all the vaccines will be applied in four days.”

Reopening of the Mexico-US border. López Obrador announced that there has been progress in reopening the border s with the US, especially due to Mexico's aggressive vaccination campaign in border states that seek to reduce the risks of contagions. “We already want to reactivate economic and commercial activity between both nations. I have already instructed Marcelo Ebrard (Minister of Foreign Affairs) to communicate with the governor of California and the authorities of San Diego and Baja California, where the vaccinations haves already been completed. "

Use of the mariajuana in Mexico. López Obrador assured that he will respect the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) on the legalization and recreational use of marijuana. “However, if instead of helping, the initiative hurts,. I would send an initiative to Congress to modify the ruling."

Evidence of narco-government in Michoacan. López Obrador explained that although the governor of Michoacaán, Silvano Aureoles, presented evidence that the incomingnew  Ggov.ernor Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla of the MORENA party will impose a narco-government, he had to reject his a visit from Aureoles. López Obrador said as he cannot decide on electoral matters. “I cannot be receiving people or authorities overfor electoral matters. We must take care of and respect the presidential power.” In addition, he asked Aureoles to present his evidence to competent institutions such as the INE and the Electoral Tribunal.

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The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
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Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst