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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Mexico ends pandemic phase of COVID-19

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Federal authorities in Mexico on Tuesday officially closed the pandemic phase, saying a new phase is beginning in which coexistence with COVID-19 will be endemic and seasonal, i.e. seasonally. with. Especially in winter.

“It is already giving way almost completely,” said President Andres Manuel López Obrador.

The whole country has been at a low level of infection for several weeks – what officials have called a “green traffic light” – and all activities have been reactivated. In more than two years of emergency, Mexico confirmed more than 324,000 deaths with one test, but according to official figures, about 490,000 deaths were linked to COVID-19.

Although measures to contain the infection are still in the hands of local authorities, Hugo López-Gatell, the under-secretary for health who was a spokesman for the federal government during the pandemic, indicated on Tuesday that “at this time it is no longer necessary . “It is still recommended, however, in closed spaces to carry a face mask.

López-Gatell explained that Mexico meets four criteria that the World Health Organization (WHO) has set for considering the end of the pandemic period: low hospital occupancy (currently 2%), high vaccination (adults). more than 90% in the U.S.), some deaths (an average of four days) and few infections (about 292 daily).

In Mexico City, one of the most acute sources of infection and fatality, this week it was not mandated that public places—official and private—have temperature-taking or cleaning mat-like filters, although prison administrations will remain in place.

All officials continue to encourage all people who have not to be vaccinated. In addition, the government announced to start immunizing children from the age of 12 in the coming days.

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