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A worrying new trend, COVID-19 infections rise dramatically in Yucatán

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The lifting of several COVID-19 restrictions in Yucatán has coincided with a dramatic increase in infections. Photo: Courtesy

New daily cases of COVID-19 in Yucatán have shot up to as high as 190 in the last week, signaling a concerning new trend. 

The infection rate has more than tripled since mid-May when mobility restrictions were lifted after having been in place for slightly over a year.

New infections appear to be driven by people in their 20’s. But the silver lining is that hospitalizations still are under control, though rising. 

Governor Vila Dosal has hinted that Yucatán may be forced to return to Orange on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system. The decision is expected to be announced on Friday.

If restrictions do make a comeback, it is likely that businesses will be forced to reduce their hours, cancel events and trigger a return of curfews for drivers

Earlier: Yucatán exceeds 40,000 infections as COVID cases continue to rise 

This weekend marked the beginning of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations for people in their 40s in the municipalities of Kanasín, Tizimín, and Umán.

Second doses for people in their 60s and over are already underway and will continue until Saturday. 

Last week also saw an enormous campaign to inoculate Yucatán’s teachers, who received the single-dose CanSino vaccine.  

On Sunday, Mexico will be holding national midterm elections to elect state representatives and local officials.

Mexico’s electoral institute has highlighted the importance of voting in the election and said that it has set up special protocols to ensure social distancing and eliminate physical contact.

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