While state officials are still assuming an orange-level state of pandemic alert, Mexico has painted Yucatán in medium-alert yellow. Neighboring Quintana Roo, which is far more dependent on tourism, is in green. Its other neighbor, Campeche, is in yellow.
Mexico has 22 states in yellow along with nine low-risk green states. Only Baja California, which shares a border with the US, is in orange — one step before red.
Mexico’s coronavirus third wave peaked in August as cases declined 38% month-to-month. Deaths decreased by 1.3%.
For the first time since Sept. 19, Yucatán’s daily cases have been below 250 for four consecutive days. Last week, infections averaged 260 every 24 hours compared with 271.5 the week before.
Still, Yucatán has the fourth-highest number of cases per capita, below Tabasco, Mexico City and Colima.
An estimated 72% of Mexico’s adult population has had at least one dose of vaccine, according to the federal health ministry.
On Monday, 201 were hospitalized and 16 died, including a 22-year-old patient.