77 F
Saturday, January 22, 2022

Crowded testing clinic hints at fears that Omicron spike will reach Yucatán

Latest headlines

Booster shots arrive for Mérida residents between 40-59

Booster shots for Mérida residents in their 40s and 50s arrived Friday. Photo: Courtesy A military plane with...

Mexico celebrates International Mariachi Day

Mariachis in Mexico and around the world celebrate International Mariachi Day observed every Jan 21. 

Marines to take over security at Mérida and Cancún airports

Mexico's Marines will be taking control of seven airports across the country, with  Mérida and Cancún among them. 

What to do if you find baby sea turtles on the beach

Most people realize that it is not a good idea to disturb nesting or baby turtles, but what should we do if one appears to be in peril or distress?
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
A lab that offers coronavirus tests was packed with customers on Tuesday morning. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

The Omicron surge in the United States, Europe, and everywhere else tourists in Yucatán come from, has the Peninsula on edge.

The Yucatán Peninsula is under the low-risk “green” alert, and social gatherings have returned along with crowded streets, shops and restaurants.

Now the crowds have formed at places like the Salud Digna Altabrisa, where people with worrying symptoms have lined up out the door and down the street.

A technician at the clinic, which performs coronavirus testing, has been “going crazy” over the past couple of days.

As the countdown to Christmas Eve winds down, churches are preparing for outdoor worship.

Just as the pandemic reached Yucatán later than the United States and Canada, fears are rising that areas north of the border are again foreshadowing a crisis here.

Hospital data in Yucatán has been encouraging in the weeks leading to Christmas. Daily infections have been below 20 since the middle of the month, often in single digits. Public hospitalizations have also steadily dropped.

Meanwhile, in places like New York, which flies tourists to Mexico daily, the coronavirus surge is alarming public officials, shutting down entertainment venues and casting doubt about how the city will usher in 2022 on Times Square.

Revelers were looking forward to a post-pandemic celebration. But those aspirations were crushed when two variants emerged while vaccinations were still underway.

Omicron reached the United States sometime around Dec. 1. By Dec. 21, the more easily-spread variant was now the most dominant strain there, accounting for over 73% of new coronavirus cases.

In Yucatán, daily coronavirus cases this week have ranged from three on Monday to 18 on Wednesday, state health officials said.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Yucatán’s muralism boom —  an explosion of color, tradition and meaning

Yucatán’s history of muralism famously dates all the way back to the elaborate frescoes of the ancient Maya.

Students at Mérida’s private Catholic Universities caught trading thousands of explicit photos of their classmates

Numerous students at Mérida’s Anáuac Mayab University are reportedly active in a “secret” chat group to trade intimate photos of classmates, as well as engage in cyberbullying. 

New benches at ancient archaeological site anger Izamal residents

Modern slab benches detract from an ancient ruin at Izamal, neighbors say. Photo: Courtesy Modern-looking benches installed at...

Being a good neighbor to Yucatán’s roof cats and street dogs

Illustration: Juan Pablo Quintal García Cats replaced people as my friends soon after quarantine 2020 began. 

What my rescue dogs taught me

I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I took in two rescues. I was wrong....

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.

Mérida’s new surveillance center now has eyes on over 6,700 cameras

Yucatán's government has opened a new remote surveillance center to oversee the state's thousands of active security cameras. 

600 acres expropriated in Quintana Roo for new Mayan Train route

Mexico has seized 198 lots of land in Quintana Roo along phase 5 of the Mayan Train's path.

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.

Exploring Tazumal and Casa Blanca in Western El Salvador

Though part of the Mayan world, archaeological sites in El Salvador have largely remained unvisited by all but the most avid adventurers. But this tiny country boasts several interesting sites full of unique features and blends of cultural traditions.