Mexico City warns of possible tighter COVID-19 restrictions

Mexico City’s mayor warned Monday that tighter coronavirus measures could be imposed at the weekend due to increased hospitalizations in COVID-19 hospitals, according to a news from Reuters.

Hospitalizations in Mexico’s largest urban area have accelerated for about 10 days, and authorities are watching the trend to determine if there is an increase in infections in the metropolitan area of ​​about 9 million people surrounded by heavy suburban spread.

“We still have time to take preventative measures to keep (hospitalizations) from increasing in the coming weeks,” Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told reporters, pointing out that the hospital beds for coronavirus patients are just under half the size.

Sheinbaum said she does not want to directly ban any activity, but will consider limitations such as reducing the working hours of some businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Let’s be aware that the pandemic is continuing… we have to keep protecting ourselves,” Sheinbaum said.

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said at the night press conference that Mexico City’s federal unit is one of four states within the “stable zone” for new coronavirus cases, while eight states have reversed the trend of less infection decline.

Mexico has lost 86,338 lives due to the coronavirus outbreak and recorded 854,926 infections, according to government data, but the actual numbers could be much higher.