Return to a new normal. President López Obrador said that tomorrow he will announce the plan to return to a new normal. “It is the return to the new normal because reality has changed,” he said and explained that people must enter the new phase with other procedures, methods and attitudes that are in accordance with the new setting established by the pandemic. He said tomorrow he will detail a report on contagions in municipalities and based on that he will detail the reactivation plan. The president added that indigenous communities have experienced a low impact from the virus.
Teleton centers available for COVID-19 patients. Foreign Affairs Minister (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard presented the scope of the agreement signed between the Teleton board and the federal government that allows 23 CRIT centers, which usually provide care and rehabilitation for kids with special needs, to be converted to serve COVID-19 patients. “Twenty-three of its facilities can be converted to provide care, in accordance with the priorities set by each governor. IMSS, ISSSTE, Insabi and the Ministry of Health have promoted this agreement,” Ebrard said.
President details Teleton contribution. President López Obrador said that the operation, equipment and personnel at the Teleton rehabilitation centers will be channeled through local health institutions and highlighted that this a nonprofit agreement. Teleton Foundation head Fernando Landeros highlighted all the hard work being done at those facilities, but that they are now ready for another purpose. “We want to make these facilities and infrastructure available to the Mexicans who need it most,” Landeros said.
Over 8,113 ICU beds available. Currently, there are 8,113 intensive care hospital beds with a chief medical specialist to serve COVID-19 patients, Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer said. He noted that in January, there were 3,552 beds and that the goal is to have 12,115. Alcocer also reported that there are 327 abandoned facilities in the country, of which 217 are health centers and 110 hospitals.
Nurses are heroines. President López Obrador congratulated all the nurses on their international day. “It is a difficult time for all because of this pandemic and the nurses are our heroines, with the doctors our heroes, who are saving lives in hospitals,” he said.
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