By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
After a harrowing two months of red risk covid shutdowns, Mexico City is finally back in the orange, signifying an easing of pandemic protocols citywide, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced Friday, Feb. 12.
While the red light status in Mexico’s covid-18 traffic light program represents a maximum risk level, the orange light signifies moderate risk, allowing for limited nonessential commercial and social activity.
“We are returning to the orange risk level, but are keeping our guard up,” Sheinbaum said in her weekly online covid safety address, noting that the number of new hospitalizations and new cases in the city had dropped over the course of the last week.
According to Eduardo Clark García Dobarganes, head of the Digital Agency for Public Innovation, which is responsible for keeping records of covid infections in Mexico, there are currently 5,860 covid patients hospitalized in Mexico City and 7,873 in the greater Valley of Mexico metropolitian area.
García Dobarganes said Friday that current hospital occupations in the area were at 67.87 percent, with 2,661 beds available, of which 637 were equiped with ventilators.
He said that in the last three weeks, the number of new hospitalizations has decreased from 4,399 at the end of January (due in large part to a Chirstmas and New Year holiday gatherings surge) to 3,072 this week.
As a result of the new orange risk classification, restaurants in Mexico City will now be able to remain open until 10 p.m., but will still be restricted to outdoor service of tables of up to five people each.
As of Monday, Feb. 15, theaters will also be allowed to operate with outdoor performances only and all attending wearing face masks and maintaining safe distancing practices.
Last week, while still under the red risk, department stores, shopping malls and gynmasiums in Mexico City were allowed to reopen under strict sanitary protocols in order to help slowly and cautiously reactivate the city’s economy.
As of Friday, Mexico City, considered to be the nation’s epicenter of coid-19 infections, had registered 514, 415 accumulated confirmed cases of the disease and 31,655 coronavirus deaths.
…Feb. 12, 2021