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López-Gatell fears regrowth once public mobility is relaxed around the country

Mexico City, Mexico — The sub-secretary of Health for Mexico, Hugo López-Gatell, says he fears that there will be a regrowth of the virus during the first days of the country’s reopening when mobility in public spaces are relaxed.

López-Gatell warns that the coronavirus pandemic has not been tamed in Mexico, despite the end of the Jornada Nacional de Sana Distancia. Regarding control of the virus, López-Gatell said “not yet, in Mexico or in the world.” He says that there is no projection that includes the entire country, however in Mexico City, the epicenter of the pandemic in Mexico, has been stable for at least 10 days, although it is too early to ensure that the pandemic has been controlled.

“Right now we have CDMX, which has approximately 10 days of stable trend and five of a decreasing trend in the number of daily cases, although it is still very early, but there is already a trend. On the other hand, Veracruz is in the middle of its epidemic curve. Puebla is at the beginning of its epidemic curve. In the same state (BC), Tijuana is already two thirds of the way out, while Mexicali is in a zone of ascent and has not reached its peak,” explained the undersecretary.

On the other hand, the undersecretary’s worst forecasts are directed to Guadalajara, Jalisco, where the epidemic is expected to last until September, while in Monterrey, Nuevo León, it is likely to last until the third week of October.

The state of Quintana Roo remains in the red, as does the rest of the country. This week, López-Gatell said “in Cancun the contagion curve has been prolonged beyond what was expected, but at least it maintains a tendency to stabilize cases.” He added that “mobility restrictions have not stopped with the end of National Sanitary Distance, which is simply no longer national,” noting that state health authorities will decide when to open according to the recommendations.