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Mexico in a phase of rapid ascent, warns health ministry

Mexico City, Mexico — On Monday, the Federal Government of Mexico declared a national health emergency when health officials announced the country surpassed 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases.

In a televised press conference, officials from the Gobierno de México announced new positive SARS-CoV-2 cases had reached 1,094 with 28 deaths. During the 8:00 p.m. conference, the Ministry of Health undersecretary Hugo López Gatell stressed the importance that all sectors of the country’s population stay at home.

“We are in a phase of rapid ascent,” said the undersecretary adding that effective immediately, all non-essential activities in public, private and social sectors will be suspended until April 30 with the federal government declaring a national health emergency, which was issued by the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón.

In the state of Quintana Roo, positive SARS-CoV-2 cases have also risen to a new figure of 44. Municipalities with positive cases include 30 in Benito Juárez, nine in Solidaridad, two in Tulum, one in Bacalar and one in Othón Pompeyo Blanco. Of the 44 positives, 17 are women and 27 are men. One person has died in the state from a coronavirus-related illness.

Activities that will be allowed include those related to health services, public safety, energy services and the operation of social programs implemented by the Government of Mexico.