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Why is Mexico City still on an orange traffic light due to Covid-19; Gatell explains

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Mexico City has remained several weeks in orange at the epidemiological traffic light of Covid-19 but now it is “on the verge” of going red, according to the most recent report from the local government.

Hospitalizations have increased and now there is an occupancy of more than 50% in the hospitals that receive coronavirus patients.

In this context of alert,why the country’s capital is still orange, although it is on the verge of red, tone that means maximum alert?

Hugo López-Gatell gave an answer about this situation in Mexico City.

First, López-Gatell recalled that the epidemiological traffic light is an objective instrument to estimate the risk from Covid-19, which in the country has caused the death of more than 100,000 people throughout the territory, and as such, it is not an instrument that can be negotiated.

“The covid traffic light not subject to negotiations”Said the official who heads the national strategy to address the epidemic.
Gatell said that it is the local health authorities that make the decisions that they consider most convenient, it is special to achieve a balance.

It is up to the state health authorities to make the decisions more convenient to balance social mobility, activate the economy and reduce infections, “he said at his press conference last Friday.

The head of the capital government, Claudia Sheinbaum, he warned when announcing the orange color for the following week that the city is on the edge.

We are on the edge of the orange traffic light“, declared in a press conference.

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He commented that there are 3,427 hospitalization beds used and in the last seven days it increased by 200. He assured that hospital beds in Covid-19 hospitals have an occupation greater than 50%.

If this continues, he said, at the end of December the level of hospitalization will be as in May, when there were more cases of Covid-19.
This Saturday, the president called on young people not to hold meetings, much less in closed places.

This Saturday, the president called on young people not to hold meetings, much less in closed places.

“Message to [email protected] youth: This year has been difficult, but it is not yet time for meetings. It has been shown that in closed places most infections occur and with alcohol, sanitary measures are relaxed. I know we are [email protected] of # Covid19 but we still cannot lower our guard, “he wrote on his Twitter account.

To this has been added the message of the head of Government not to lower her guard in the use of face masks, wash her hands and social distance.

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