April 26, 2022

MEXICO: The Mexican Government Says COVID-19 Has Passed From A Pandemic To An Endemic Stage In The Country, Meaning Authorities Will Treat It Like The Flu. Restrictions End May 1. FINALLY.

The Associated Press
written by Staff
Tuesday April 26, 2022

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said Tuesday that COVID-19 has passed from a pandemic to an endemic stage in Mexico, meaning authorities will treat it as a seasonally recurring disease.

Mexico never enforced face mask requirements, and the few partial shutdowns of businesses and activities were lifted weeks ago.

“It is now retreating almost completely,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

New case numbers have declined. But that may be because Mexico, which never did much testing, is now offering even fewer tests.

Daily death rates have also dropped sharply.

Mexico has recorded almost 325,000 test-confirmed deaths, but government reviews of death certificates suggest the real toll is almost 490,000.

About 90% of adult Mexicans have recieved at least one dose of the coronavirrus vaccine.
MILENIO published April 26, 2022: Gobierno ya no emitirá el semáforo de riesgo por covid-19. El subsecretario señaló que el uso de cubrebocas aunque nunca fue declarado obligatorio, "en este momento ya no es imprescindible en espacios cerrados".
I used Google Translate for the article below. (emphasis mine)
Milenio News, Mexico local
written by Pedro Dominguez
Tuesday April 26, 2022

The Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, reported that the covid-19 risk traffic light, which served as an instrument during the pandemic, will no longer be issued and its validity will end on May 1.
"The covid risk traffic light that served us as an instrument has already been in four consecutive 15-day sessions where it remains green (...); the risk traffic light will no longer be issued, this current one ends on May 1."
In La Mañanera from the National Palace, the undersecretary pointed out that the use of face masks, although it was never declared mandatory, "at this time it is no longer essential in closed spaces, where it would be the last element that needs to be used, in open spaces we said it is still less necessary to use it.
"It is a measure to reduce transmission, risks of transmission, we reiterate, it is not very effective for oneself. To the extent that a large number of people use it, transmission is reduced. At this moment, minimal transmission fortunately, it is the first time that the whole of the world is synchronized in the reduction stage".

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