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Valley of Mexico rolls back to red, all non-essential activities suspended

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico’s undersecretary of health has announced the suspension of all non-essential activities for the Valley of Mexico. The suspension of activities is to begin immediately and last until January 10.

The announcement by Hugo López-Gatell came in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic where he says extraordinary measures are required to achieve a reduction of contagions in the next three weeks.

He said that from December 19 to January 10, the government will enforce the suspension of all non-essential activities specifically for CDMX and Edomex after both regions rolled back to a red epidemiological light.

Activities that will be permitted include food delivery services, energy transportation, manufacturing, health, funeral, financial, telecommunications, services and supplies, the sale and manufacturing of drugs, workshop parts and repairs, tax, security, public works and water.

The news was made available in a joint conference with Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbam and Alfredo del Mazo, Governor of the State of Mexico. López-Gatell said that the behavior of the pandemic has affected all countries, adding that despite the fact there will be vaccines, it will be necessary to maintain protection measures such as a healthy distance, staying home, wearing face masks, washing hands and avoiding meetings.

Claudia Sheinbaum pointed out that infections and deaths have continued to increase and that the capital city is at a 75 percent hospital capacity rate.

Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that the pandemic does not affect the entire country, explaining that there are only eight states with an increase in infections, including Mexico City and the State of Mexico. Other states, including Campeche and Veracruz, continue with a green epidemiological light.