By KELIN DILLON
After more than a year-long battle against the covid-19 pandemic, during which many Mexican states were designated by the country’s traffic light color-based risk system as being in the dangerous orange and red zones, finally 29 states have been designated within the yellow and green rankings, meaning a lower risk of coronavirus infection, as of Monday, May 10.
This announcement came after the country registered just 57 new confirmed covid-19 deaths in the 24-hour period of Sunday, May 9, the lowest figure since May 2020.
Mexico’s Secretariat of Health announced on Friday, May 7, that the states of Sonora, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Nayarit, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Campeche are designated as green between May 10 and 23.
Meanwhile, the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Puebla, Mexico City, State of Mexico (Edoméx), Morelos and Yucatán have reached the yellow ranking for the same time period.
Chihuahua, Tabasco and Quintana Roo lag behind the other 29 states in the country, still achieving an orange traffic-light designation, though none of the Mexican states remain in red, a big accomplishment for the coronavirus-afflicted country.
Throughout Mexico’s fight against covid-19, over 2.5 million Mexicans have contracted the disease, with an official death toll of 218,657, though that number has been disputed by international experts, leaving the nation with the fourth-highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the world.