Omicron Variant Arrives in Mexico/New Political DialogueBy Paloma Duran | Fri, 12/03/2021 - 11:40
New COVID-19 variant detected in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that health authorities believe that the new omicron variant has arrived in the country, after a Mexican who returned from South Africa tested positive. However, he said authorities have yet to confirm that it is the variant. “Apparently, a Mexican who returned from Africa has been hospitalized for having symptoms of COVID-19. Medical authorities have said it is the new variant, but we are still waiting for a more in-depth analysis. We knew this would come soon as the US and Canada have cases too."
Medical authorities are analyzing the first suspected case of the omicron variant in the country after a COVID-19 test showed mutations and resulted in positive test positive for the new variant. However, the authorities require a thorough analysis before they make a final determination.
Intentional homicide increases in Michoacan. Minister of National Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval reported that intentional homicide has followed an upward trend in Michoacan. “Intentional homicide shows an upward trend, with 205 events presented in October, which is the last month with data provided by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. From January to October, there were 1,832 homicides, while in 2020 there were 1,976. This shows that violence in the state has worsened.”
According to data from the Ministry of National Defense, Michoacan ranks fifth nationally for intentional homicides, with 5,598 cases since the beginning of López Obrador’s government. Meanwhile, in homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Michoacan ranks eighth nationally with 118 homicides. The national average is 72 homicides.
AMLO: There will be dialogue between the Executive and Legislative branches. López Obrador said that he had accepted the proposal of the Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies Santiago Creel to open a dialogue between the Executive and Legislative branches. López Obrador announced that Minister of the Interior Adán Augusto López has received instructions to open discussions with the opposition to reach democratic agreements. “We will receive them and there will be the possibility of dialogue. We will listen to everyone, including the opposition.”
On Dec. 1, Creel, who also belongs to the PAN party, asked López Obrador for a meeting to discuss urgent matters, such as the country’s security, the electrical reform and the cancellation of the construction of the Texcoco Airport. Creel said that among the main topics to be discussed will be the role of the army in the country since its work should only be related to security matters.
AMLO: No cuts in Christmas bonuses. López Obrador said that this year, full bonuses would be paid to public officials. López Obrador explained that it was necessary to cut the bonuses last year due to the health crisis. This year, however, as the economy has improved, there will be no need. “This year, there will be no cuts. Full bonuses will be paid to all. Last year, it was a contribution that we all made due to the pandemic.”
Last year, López Obrador signed a decree to cut the Christmas bonus for public servants. The cut in bonuses was seen as an austerity measure to better allocate resources to sectors such as health, where the purchase of supplies was urgent.