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State stays orange, but barely as Cancun, Riviera Maya covid cases continue to increase

Cancun, Q.R. — Although the state is once again with an orange epidemiological light, the governor continues to warn of its possible return to red. In the first 12 days of May in Quintana Roo there have been 1,010 new cases and 47 covid-related deaths.

An increase in the growth rate of infections continues throughout the state with hospital occupancy rates in Cancun soaring from 10 to 23 percent. According to SESA, the greatest increases are being recorded in the municipalities of Benito Juárez (Cancun) and Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen).

Governor Carlos Joaquín warned that “to continue with this upward trend, in one or two weeks, the north of the state would return to a red light,” noting that it would be catastrophic to go red since that would mean the closure of thousands of businesses and the confinement of more than a million state residents.

He added that the part of the problem is the large number of young people who continue to organize parties, even though they are strictly prohibited throughout the state. He also said that now, state health authorities have detected that the majority of those infected are people between the ages of 25 and 50, the majority of which are tourist service workers who were infected not at work, but in public transports or at home.

Carlos Joaquín said that infected people with who refuse to confine themselves should be considered criminals under the crime of attempted homicide as they demonstrate a very low level of responsibility for the community.

Earlier this week, the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, warned of the continued risk with Quintana Roo being the only state in the country where infections are on the rise.