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State remains yellow after Tulum registers a 200 percent increase in infections

Cancun, Q.R. — Although the state of Quintana Roo was reported as “being close to green”, it will remain in a yellow epidemiological light for at least one more week. On Thursday night, governor Carlos Joaquin announced that due to an increase in cases, the entire state will remain yellow from April 5 to 11.

Joaquin explained that the northern region contagion risk rate increased from 1.04 to 1.12, adding that a lot of attention is required to prevent the contagion curve from rising more. However, the southern region recorded a slight decrease in the contagion curve, from .98 to .94.

He detailed that while popular tourists areas such as Cancun has seen a 29 percent increase and Playa del Carmen with a 40 percent increase, Tulum has seen an infection increase of 200 percent, a figure that has caused the epidemic up-curve. He says Tulum is one of the municipalities where more attention to health protocols is required.

Governor Carlos Joaquín said that sanitary filters have been set up around Tulum, mainly in the tourist zone and central downtown area where there are a greater number of visitors.

The governor explained that during Easter, in which more than 635,000 people are expected, preventive measures must be strengthened to continue with the economic recovery processes.

“Please make proper use of your mask, wash your hands frequently, keep a healthy distance between you and others,” he stressed adding that “maintaining these habits can be the difference between getting Covid-19 or not.”