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Federal officials warn Quintana Roo could return to red as state records spike in infections

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The government of Quintana Roo says the risk of Covid-19 infections spreading remains high and that there is a possibility that the state could return to total confinement, as has occurred in various parts of the world.

Carlos Orvañanos, who was appointed state spokesman for the Economic Reactivation Plan on June 29, warns that the state of Quintana Roo could return to a red epidemiological light if citizens fail to ensure proper health measures to reduce infections.

Orvañanos says that it depends largely on the population whether or not the epidemiological traffic light returns to red, stressing that if the state returns to confinement, families will stop receiving income due to lack of economic activity since hotels and other businesses could have to close and mobility restricted again.

Orvañanos indicated that during the early stages of the epidemic, federal authorities fulfilled the role of caring for the population to avoid further contagion by ensuring that they remained in their homes and there were no public crowds. Now, however, during the economic reactivation phase, a large part of that responsibility falls on citizens since the government by itself cannot avoid the spread of infections if people do not follow health measures.

He also cautioned about the reopening of beaches, which is becoming an issues for some in the northern region of the state. He says regarding access to public beaches, it is important to keep them closed to avoid crowds.

“It is not that it hurts that people go to the beach, but that many people get together and have a lot of contact,” he said.

The warning comes on the same day as an increase in Covid-19 infections was detected for the state of Quintana Roo with a 101 new cases, 48 of which were recorded in Cancun, 12 in Playa del Carmen, six in Tulum and five in Cozumel.

According to the State Secretariat of Health, to date there are more than 3,500 positive cases and 564 deaths, a 15.9 percent death rate for Quintana Roo.