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Mexico will not have an epidemiological light next week due to figure inconsistencies

Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of Health says that due to conflicting figures, there will not be any epidemiological light announcement for the states this upcoming week. Hugo López-Gatell, the subsecretario de Prevención y Promoción de la Salud, said the government has identified inconsistencies in Covid-19 data from some states during the past week, so they have chosen not to present an epidemiological light color for next week.

“The information is not consistent in all states,” said Hugo López-Gatell at the daily press conference from the National Palace.

Since the epidemiological traffic light came into force, the Ministry of Health has made the color announcements each Friday for a Sunday enforcement, however, López-Gatell explained that due to the inconsistencies, several states would have appeared in gray.

“There are states where the information we have on hand, which is reported through official channels (…) is not consistent in all states. At first we thought we had a lag in our database and then we realized that no, there are inconsistencies.”

Although he clarified that not all states incurred irregularities, he did not detail how many did.

“So today, we are not going to present the traffic light. We are going to reevaluate with the federal states. I will make it clear that it is not all 32 states, but we cannot present the national traffic light when it will be with several gray holes because there is no consistent information for the evaluation,” said the health official.

During the press conference, López-Gatell indicated that there are Covid-19 rebounds in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Campeche.

In the case of Quintana Roo, the Undersecretary of Health indicated the measures of social containment were withdrawn too early, which has caused the spread of Covid-19 to accelerate in the state.

“It is not about blaming anyone. Here, the achievements are recognized but the dangers still exist (…) this has nothing to do with politics, this is a technical evaluation,” he said noting that outbreaks have also occurred in other countries other than Mexico, including Spain, Italy and the U.S.