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Source: Milenio

Yucatan and 15 other states were shown advancing toward economic recovery under the federal “traffic signal” system based on coronavirus data.

The states went from a “red light,” indicating total shutdown, to “orange.” Yucatan authorities already declared the state in the orange phase, beginning the gradual reopening last week.

Easing coronavirus restrictions allowed shops, hotels and restaurants to welcome back customers, but at a fraction of each establishment’s capacity.

Businesses watch for the light to change each Thursday, and the corresponding restrictions take effect the following Monday.

Nationally, roughly half the country advanced to an “orange light,” the first step toward a return to normal.

The orange level still implies “high-level” of risk for the virus’ spread. Going from red to orange to yellow to green occurs based on a reading of case number trends, hospital admissions, available hospital beds and the percentage of people tested who are found to have COVID-19.

Mexico’s Health Undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell said that after discussions with state governors the federal government gives more weight to hospital occupancy rates when calculating which states advance.

Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Yucatan and Zacatecas all advanced from red to orange.

Although Mexico City is still in red, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced plans to ignore the federal traffic light and shift to orange on Monday. Yucatan’s governor, Mauricio Vila Dosal, advanced the state to orange last week, which at the time also contradicted federal guidance.

Source: El Universal

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