No more red states under Mexico’s COVID traffic light

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Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, general director of health promotion, indicates progress in Mexico’s attempt to return to normal. Photo: Gobierno de Mexico video

Federal health authorities on Friday unveiled a new epidemiological map showing Mexico in a sea of orange and yellow. No part of Mexico is under the red-level alert under coronavirus protocols.

Mexico has been indicating each state’s ability to conduct business and social activities on a red-to-green scale that is compared to a traffic light. Red stops all non-essential activity and green allows businesses to resume under a low-level alert.

Campeche and Chiapas, two of the country’s least densely populated states, are under the green light. At various times since the pandemic reached Mexico, the entire map has been bathed in red. Just a month ago, 14 states were still under red-level lockdown.

The map will be updated again March 14.

The map reflects a decline in hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients, explained Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, general director of health promotion.

Ten states are in orange and 20 states at moderate risk, or yellow. Guerrero and Guanajuato were previously under the red alert.

States at the orange traffic light:

  • Nuevo León
  • San Luis Potosí
  • Querétaro
  • State of Mexico
  • Mexico City
  • Puebla
  • Morelos
  • Oaxaca
  • Tabasco
  • Yucatán

States at the yellow traffic light:

  • Baja California Sur
  • Baja California
  • Sonora
  • Sinaloa
  • Nayarit
  • Jalisco
  • Colima
  • Michoacán
  • Aguascalientes
  • Guerrero
  • Guanajuato
  • Durango
  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila
  • Tamaulipas
  • Veracruz
  • Tlaxcala
  • Hidalgo
  • Quintana Roo
  • Zacatecas

States at green:

  • Chiapas
  • Campeche

Local media point out that the change occurs in a month in which spring-break vacationers begin arriving from the United States and Canada.

Mexico has not closed its borders to international travel.

Related: Now at yellow, Cancún doubles its hotel capacity in time for Spring Break

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