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Continued rise in Covid-19 infections putting Chetumal at risk, while Interjet suspends flights

Chetumal, Q.R. — Governor Carlos Joaquín has announced the extended suspension of face-to-face work for the city of Chetumal due to the continued increase in Covid-19 infections. He says that government workers will see the extended suspension of their employment as the city records more infections.

He mentioned that there has been a sanitary relaxation by city of Chetumal residents, calling it an “irresponsible” slow down in the economic recovery. He recalled that since May 10, there has been a continued increase of Covid-19 infections in the state capital, figures that have not decreased which now, puts the economic recovery at risk.

Carlos Joaquin explained that the contagion rate in the northern zone (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum) has generated stability with one person infecting another, while in the southern zone (Mahahual, Chetumal, Bacalar), one person infects more than four.

He says that restrictive health measures will be increased and a campaign marking high-risk areas generated. He noted that known high-contagion areas include ATMs, markets, bus stops, combis and taxis, where the law will be applied to sanction those who put others at risk.

“They crowd in the transport units, the banks, the supermarkets and the commercial squares, they do not use the masks,” he pointed out.

He also said if necessary, drastic measures will again be imposed, but for now, the government will move forward with the gradual, orderly and responsible reopening as planned.

On the same day the governor expressed his concern over rising Covid-19 figures for Chetumal, Interjet suspended its flights between Mexico City and the state capital. The airline, which was offering three flights per week, has suspended all flights into Chetumal until August.

According to executives of the commercial airline, the accelerated increase in Covid-19 cases was a factor in their decision to suspend flights into the city for the month of July. Chetumal travelers are still able to fly with Volaris, who currently offers four flights a week from Chetumal to Mexico City.