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By KELIN DILLON

The government of Mexico City recently announced new restrictions on the city’s population in regards to the covid-19 pandemic.

The capital of Mexico has been close to re-entering the red light zone. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo said that there was a 4 percent increase in covid-related hospitalizations from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3.

Sheinbaum said back in July that if hospitalizations went over 5,127 beds, it would require Mexico City to return to red on the covid risk chart.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Photo: Wikimedia

This increase last week means Mexico City has surpassed the threshold of occupied hospital beds allowed to remain in the orange, with a figure of 5,174 hospitalizations. 

Rather than enter the red zone for a second time, the government has instead urged the city’s population to take action to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

To assist in this, the capital government issued new restrictions, including reducing government operations to a minimum, closing government buildings to the public and adding QR code support to public transportation such as the metro and metrobus.

It will also expand the capacity of testing and hospitalizations in the capital city.

As the Christmas season approaches, all holiday fairs have been cancelled to avoid the further spread of coronavirus.

Mexico City’s government urged its citizens to stay at home as much as possible, to continue working from home and to follow social-distancing regulations. 

A survey of CDMX’s population revealed its inhabitants support of further government restrictions increased from 57 percent to 62 percent in the past month, hand-in-hand with the rise in hospitalizations.

With these new regulations and Mexico’s covid-19 vaccine schedule beginning implementation this month, Mexico City might avoid reentering the red light zone after all.

…Dec. 10, 2020

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