Enrique Alfaro imposes harsh measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jalisco

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Enrique Alfaro imposes harsh measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jalisco
Enrique Alfaro, the Jalisco Governor, has criticized the government for the way in which it has handled the COVID-19 pandemic - Photo: Jorge Alberto Mendoza/EL UNIVERSAL
English 20/04/2020 11:01 Mexico City Off the Record Actualizada 11:16
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Enrique Alfaro imposes harsh measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jalisco

In recent weeks, several governors have issued orders to make physical distancing obligatory and have threatened to use public force if someone refuses to follow the measures implemented to halt the spread of COVID-19. However, the measure announced by Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro went beyond, as his state will prevent COVID-19 patients from entering or leaving the state but it will focus on those who come from central Mexico. Governor Alfaro didn’t explain how will the checkpoints operate or the way in which local authorities will determine if someone from Mexico can or cannot enter Jalisco. Although the measure shows how worried Alfaro is about the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not sure it’s legal. 

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Gender equality is not part of the amnesty law

We’ve been told that the amnesty law bill, which was shared among senators yesterday, completely ignores the recommendations made by the Gender Equality Commission, whose members suggested the bill should support those inmates who are pregnant and imprisoned for minor crimes, as well as those who have children under 18 at home. It is expected that now that senators are hoping to approve the bill as soon as possible, this project will not be modified. However, the Gender Equality Commission is hoping the changes are made in the first three months after it is approved and that their recommendations are included. 

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The IFT reaches an important agreement

Last night, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) and several phone companies reached an agreement so that the most vulnerable people don’t lose access to communication during phase three of the contingency plan. The agreement, which lasted two weeks, between the government and IZZI, América Móvil, MegaCable, and TotalPlay is seen as an act of solidarity. Now, the IFT will try to broadcast educational TV shows throughout the country. 

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The Supreme Court goes back to work

Today, the Supreme Court will have its first virtual meeting. We’ve been told that amid the COVID-19 pandemic will allow the court to deliver justice. What will happen with inmates if the Senate doesn’t approve the amnesty law today? Is it legal for Jalisco to ban en entrance of people from central Mexico to the state? Can several states abandon the tax agreement? We will have to wait for ministers to answer all these questions.

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