Mexico City will return to the high risk alert for coronavirus covid-19 after registering a slight increase in hospitalizations, but it will not stop the reopening of its economic activities, the mayor’s office reported this Friday.

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said that after the last notification from the Mexican government, “the epidemiological traffic light in Mexico City is at 9 points, one point above the 8 necessary to be green.”

“Due to this increase of one point, the City goes from Monday to a yellow traffic light”, added Sheinbaum in a message on Twitter.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health reported that as of next Monday and for the next two weeks, of the 32 states of the country, 19 will be green on the epidemiological risk traffic light due to the covid-19.

While “At a yellow traffic light” will be “Campeche, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Colima, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora and Veracruz”, Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Health and in charge of the government’s strategy against the pandemic, wrote on Twitter.

On Mexico the so-called epidemiological traffic light to determine the level of alert, based on the number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus.

The yellow traffic light is the second step on a four-level risk scale with the fourth representing the worst situation.

The government of Mexico City had announced that it would remain on the green light for one more week, thereby expanding the hours and capacity of various economic activities.

The megacity, of nine million inhabitants, remained green for two weeks since Mexico declared the red alert for covid-19, in March 2020.

According to official figures, Mexico City has, among other indicators, “a slight increase of 27 people, going from 615 people hospitalized last Friday to 642”.

The capital registered a cumulative 671,942 confirmed cases and 44,138 deaths as of Thursday.

The Latin American country began its immunization plan on December 24 with medical personnel who care for coronavirus patients.

With 230,959 deaths, Mexico with 126 million inhabitants, is the fourth country most affected by the epidemic in absolute numbers, although its mortality rate is the twenty-first in the world.

The Mexican authorities have so far applied 39.1 million doses from six different laboratories.

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