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Governor says state remains 2 colors as 139 new cases reported

Coronavirus Cancun, Q.R. — Governor Carlos Joaquín González has announced the southern zone of the state will endure another week of red with an unchanged epidemiological light. He made the announcement Thursday explaining that for the upcoming week of August 3 to 9, the state’s colors will remain the same, which is red in the south and orange in the north.

The update came after Health Secretary Alejandra Aguirre Crespo explained that the coronavirus growth rate in the north is 1.2, while for the south it is 2.3. She says that taking hospital occupation rates into consideration, the state is averaging 50 percent, however, she pointed out that the General Hospital of Chetumal has reached up to 95 percent, while in epidemiology it has ranged from 50 to 70 percent.

For these reasons, face-to-face classes for students will not resume next week as hoped. The Secretary of Education, Ana Isabel Vásquez Jiménez explained that the conditions for students to return to face-to-face classes are just not there, adding that it will have to be carried out in stages once the green level is reached. Meanwhile, the remote mode will be maintained.

The news comes on the same day as health authorities report another 139 new cases of Covid-19 throughout the state in a 24-hour period. Twenty deaths have also been reported, 15 of which, Aguirre Crespo says, were in Cancun, while two of those deaths were recorded in Playa del Carmen, one in Othón P. Blanco, one in José María Morelos and one in Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

The state of Quintana Roo has accumulated more than 7,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 983 have resulted in death.