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Mexico is not on Covid-19 alert Ministry of Health clarifies after UNAM report

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico is not on alert for Covid-19 says Mexico’s Ministry of Health. The disease is already endemic and will spike in cold seasons, he said Tuesday.

“Mexico does not present any alert situation for Covid-19. What has been observed in recent weeks is a minimal increase in the number of registered and estimated cases which did not require hospital care,” reported the Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez.

“There are no warning signs or notices regarding Covid-19. (…) It is part of the variability that the endemic circulation of the virus can have and in other countries, specifically in the United States. These changes have also manifested themselves,” he said at the Tuesday morning press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

His announcement was made after the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) alerted the Mexican population about the changes in the behavior of the Covid-19 virus.

López-Gatell explained that the long-term management plan for control of Covid-19 contemplates a possible rebound of the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the months of low temperatures from October to March, as a progressively seasonal disease in the country. Just like the flu.

The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Health, will organize vaccination logistics to simultaneously immunize the vulnerable population which include adults over 60 and pregnant women alon with groups with chronic diseases or immunosuppression between five and 59 years old. The start of the booster dose application period will be officially announced in October.

“Right now there is no need for them to get vaccinated. We had vaccination posts in existence, they are still operating in the states and in Mexico City, but we have not been making a deliberate effort to promote that vaccine so that there is no misleading impression that this is the time to get vaccinated,” he explained.

Regarding the use of face masks, he reiterated that it is useful to reduce the probability of spreading viruses from one infected person to another, however, there is no recommendation for massive and intensive use.

“In short, there is no warning or warning sign regarding Covid-19. There is quite simply a bit of variation in the intensity of presentation,” he reiterated.