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Cozumel mayor warns of catastrophic scenario if social restrictions not heeded

Cozumel, Q.R. — The mayor of Cozumel says it is imperative that citizens remain at home during Phase 3 of the coronavirus, adding that the speed in which the virus is spreading has accelerated.

Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis says the next two weeks will be crucial to stopping the spread of the disease on the island. The announcement came after Cozumel reported new cases of the virus. He says residents need to respect the restrictive measures of mobility on the island.

“I want to be clear and direct with the people of Cozumel. Today more than ever, we need the collaboration of the people of Cozumel to stay at home. The next two or three weeks will be extremely hard since we expect a rebound in the number of positive cases which can lead to many deaths,” emphasized Pedro Joaquín Delbouis.

He pointed out that if health recommendations are not heeded, the number of positive cases could increase even more with the consequent saturation of the island’s hospitals where there would be no space to attend to patients.

“We want to avoid a catastrophic scenario. Experts in the Municipal Health Committee calculate that if sanitary measures are not complied with, in mid-May there could be up to 2,500 positive cases and more than 190 deaths. For now, we have 22 infected, 6 deaths and 11 recovered,” said the municipal president.

Pedro Joaquín urged citizens to respect the call of social responsibility, which includes staying inside from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in which only people working in the health sector’s pharmacies, doctor’s offices, hospitals and in public and private security, should be out.

He adds that the circulation of vehicles without license plates is not allowed, that the use of face masks is mandatory in public and only one person can travel by motorcycle or car. He reminds island residents that police are handing out mouth masks free.