Mexico has amassed seven weeks with a decline in active covid-19 cases as well as deaths, but the country should not lower its guard against the risk of a third outbreak, warned Public Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer on Tuesday, March 16.
Alcocer also said that the Mexican government is refining its strategy for opening schools a year after they were suspended due to the beginning of the pandemic in the country.
“This is a vital and important step for Mexico toward ending confinement, but it comes with certain risks,” Alcocer said during the morning press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Currently, the administration is determining some aspects of the plan, such as whether class sizes should be reduced, whether minors should wear masks and guaranteeing adequate ventilation in school facilities, Alcocer said.
He explained that the return to classes will be gradual throughout the country, starting with the southeast state of Campeche in early April, since it has registered a low number of covid-19 cases, according to government data.
Since December, Mexico has been carrying out a phased national vaccination plan to combat covid, beginning with the inoculation of frontline health personnel and adults over 60 years old.
As of Monday, the country had accumulated 2,167,729 confirmed covid-19 cases and 194,944 deaths.
…March 17, 2021