Officials in Mexico City and Tamaulipas have announced that face masks are no longer needed in outdoor public spaces as the risk of COVID-19 has been reduced.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said in a video message on Friday that the local health ministry advised that the risk of coronavirus in the capital is now “very low.”
“This allows us to remove the face mask outside,” she said, adding that her government continues to recommend its use inside.
In Tamaulipas, the State Department of Health announced on Wednesday that face masks will be an option in outdoor public spaces starting Friday. The ministry said on social media that the decision was made because of the reduced number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths of coronavirus in Tamaulipas.
Coahuila and Nuevo Leon authorities Quintana Roo has already withdrawn its outdoor area masking obligations.
According to COVID-19 data released by the Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday, there are just under 2,200 active cases in Mexico City and only 139 in Tamaulipas.
There are an estimated 9,420 active cases nationwide. That number was over 300,000 at the peak of the 4th Omicron fuel wave in January.
A total of 150,906 new cases were reported in March, averaging 4,868 cases per day. This is a 76% decrease compared to February’s average of 20,216 cases per day, and an 84% decrease compared to January, the worst case pandemic month.
COVID-19 deaths also declined in March, but not so much. An additional 4,867 deaths were reported last month, averaging 157 per day. This is a 64% decrease compared to February’s average of 431 people per day and a 27% decrease compared to January.
Cumulative cases in Mexico increased to just under 5.66 million on Thursday, and official deaths increased to 323,016. This is the fifth highest total in the world.
According to the Ministry of Health, more than 85.6 million Mexicans have been vaccinated against COVID-19, 93% of whom are fully vaccinated. Over 36.3 million adults have received booster shots.
Mexico does not offer shots to minors under the age of 15. The exception is minors over the age of 12 who are vulnerable to serious illness.
Federal court Dominate in February Children up to the age of 5 are entitled to vaccination, and Health Regulator Cofepris has approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
However, the government has not indicated that it will provide shots to all children of these ages. That is, parents must go to court or another country to access vaccines for their young sons and daughters.
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