COVID-19 Live Updates: Mexico

Mexico's contingency plan against COVID-19 includes three key phases

COVID-19 Live Updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico
COVID-19 can be prevented through basic hygiene - Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP
English 04/10/2020 19:06 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales Mexico City Actualizada 19:06
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Mexican authorities hold news conferences every day to provide updates on the number of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Some of the authorities in charge of the conferences are Dr. Hugo López Gatell, the Vice Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion, and Dr. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, the general director of Epidemiology.

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On October 4, health authorities confirmed 761,665 cases and 79,088 deaths in Mexico.

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For the first time during the pandemic, Mexico declared one of its states, the Gulf coast state of Campeche, as a medium or moderate-risk (yellow) area on August 14.

On August 28, Mexico’s Health Ministry declared another 9 states as moderate risk areas according to the national four-color coding system related to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in each state. They are Sonora, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco.

On September 11, Health authorities informed for the first time since the pandemic began in Mexico that no states are currently in the highest COVID-19 risk level (red).

On September 25, authorities reported Campeche is the first Mexican state to reach the lowest COVID-19 risk level (green).

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Protect yourself from COVID-19

The World Health Organization has issued several recommendations to protect yourself:

1. Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water.

2. Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth: Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth and then enter the body.

4. Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

5. Medical attention: Seek medical attention early if you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Stay home if you feel sick.

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Who is Dr. Hugo López Gatell?

He is a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine and holds a Master in Medical Sciences and Doctor in Epidemiology.

He has extensive experience in academy and public service. Dr. López Gatell has served as general director of Epidemiology and National Focal Point for International Health Regulations, as well as Director of Innovation in Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control of the Research Center on Infectious Diseases (CISEI), and Director of National Health Surveys, at the National Institute of Public Health.

Furthermore, he was a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), located in the U.S.

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