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The mandatory use of face masks in Yucatan will now be optional

- September 23, 2022

Merida, Yucatan. The Yucatan Ministry of Health (SSY) reported that starting next Monday, September 26, the use of face masks in the entity will be voluntary, with the exception of hospitals, health centers, and medical units, where it will continue to be mandatory.

According to an official statement, the SSY also indicated that the State Epidemiological Traffic Light, which is currently green, will no longer be issued, and the figures on the behavior of Covid-19 will be updated fortnightly on the website of the state agency. .

According to data from the same agency, until this Thursday, September 22, there are 7 patients in public hospitals; Only 3 new infections of Coronavirus were detected and no reports of deaths.

Since the start of the pandemic (March 2020) and to date, 137,594 patients have been registered with Covid-19, of which 130,385 have already recovered; this figure represents 94 percent of the total registered infections. Of the 137,594 positives, 846 are from another country or another state. In total, there are 7,061 people who have died from this disease.

Specifically, in Mérida -the state capital- 88,418 people infected with Coronavirus have been diagnosed, and cases accumulated as of September 21, 2022.

During a meeting of the Committee of Experts, made up of Yucatecan specialists in public and private health, and the head of the SSY, Mauricio Sauri Vivas, it was reported that the state currently presents favorable data to take another step towards total reactivation, Therefore, it was determined that the use of the face mask is voluntary, except in the aforementioned places, where it will continue to be mandatory.

And it is that since last May 12, the voluntary use of the face mask in open spaces, except in closed places, as well as in public transport, and also the removal of sanitary filters at the entrance of each place and only they are maintained. when entering schools.

However, it was recommended, as a preventive measure, to continue with this measure in older adults, with comorbidities that put their health at risk or symptoms of respiratory disease.

Notwithstanding the significant progress against the Coronavirus, the experts reiterated the call to the Yucatecan population to act with great responsibility and maintain basic sanitary habits, since, if there is a significant rebound in cases, some measures could be taken to protect the health of the Yucatecans.

On the state’s Covid 19 report, they will be updated, starting Monday, September 26, fortnightly on the SSY website, https://salud.yucatan.gob.mx/

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