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30 Jun 2020 | 04:54 AM UTC

Mexico: Authorities further ease COVID-19 restrictions in Mexico City June 29 /update 17

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Mexican authorities further ease COVID-19 restrictions in Mexico City on June 29; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/30/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Mexico City

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Event

Authorities further relaxed restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Mexico City on Monday, June 29. Businesses have been given permission to reopen and the city's metro service will resume. Around 1 million face shields will be handed out to metro passengers in an attempt to lower infection rates. Additionally, from Tuesday, June 30, Mexico City's historic center will reopen and, as of Wednesday, July 1, hotels and restaurants will be able to resume operations at a 50 percent capacity.

Land border restrictions with the US, which were introduced due to COVID-19, will be extended through July 21. The measures, which were due to expire on Monday, June 22, limit border crossings to those who are entering for essential work, including healthcare professionals, and those working in cargo and trade.

As of June 30, there have been 220,657 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 27,121 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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