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Phase 3 of the pandemic begins in Mexico with almost 10,000 cases


This is the period with the most infections and saturation of hospitals

Mexico reached Phase 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, this is the period with the most infections and saturation of hospitals.

The country entered this stage yesterday with 857 deaths and nine thousand 501 infections.

The head of the General Directorate of Epidemiology of the Federal Health Secretariat, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, reported that there are 3,185 people in the active stage of contagion and 8,262 suspected cases are documented.

At the press conference that takes place daily at 7:00 p.m. at the National Palace, it was detailed that seven out of 10 deaths from the disease are men.

In addition, it was mentioned that in a third of the suspected cases, COVID-19 is confirmed.

The State Executive begins its own count of infections

The Jalisco Health Secretariat reported that there are 254 positive cases of COVID -19 in the State . It was reported that the figure will not coincide with the national report because the Federation only registers cases of the State Laboratory of Public Health and not those of Radar Jalisco, which has the endorsement of InDRE.

The six phases of the pandemic

Although they were formally decreed yesterday, prevention measures for phase 3 of the coronavirus health alert in Mexico have been practically implemented in Jalisco since the month began. However, this is not the last phase of a pandemic. According to the WHO there are three more, and this is each one.

Phase 1. It began on February 27, when the first case of COVID-19 in the country was confirmed. The first contagions were caused by importing the virus. For example, a group of travelers who came to the Entity from the United States, and others imported from Europe. In phase 1 the cases are identifiable and few; It is basically a period of preparation.

Phase 2. It was decreed on March 30. It consists of a community transmission, which means that there are already local infections (those who brought the virus into the country spread it to someone, and this in turn to someone else). In phase 2 the cases are still identifiable, as they number in the hundreds. In Mexico, the “healthy distance” and isolation campaign began. Massive events were also canceled, classes were suspended and companies that could do so were asked to enable work-at-home schemes.

Phase 3. The Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell confirmed it yesterday. It is the stage of maximum transmission. It is characterized by a notable increase in person-to-person infections and outbreaks in different areas of the country. The cases now number in the thousands, and from the moment it begins, the measures undertaken since phase 2 become more stringent and in some points, such as in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, the sanctions for not complying with them begin, since it is possible that the health services are outnumbered by the number of infections.

Phase 4. It is a second wave of contagion and sustained transmission (which grows every day). And contrary to what one might think, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) considers that this stage is reached in a pandemic when the recovery period begins. Sanitary measures to avoid a regression to stage 3 are adopted internationally. Each country is obliged to publish its updates on the characteristics of the disease and the efforts to contain it. Mandatory quarantine and sanitary fences are maintained only in the most affected areas.

Phases 5 and 6. The pandemic ends. In these stages, the situation has been controlled and there is even an antidote or vaccine to protect the population. At this point, WHO recommends that governments make estimates of the economic impact of the pandemic. However, it is also possible for it to declare a state of emergency (which involves suspending some human rights to prioritize the security of nations), lead and coordinate multi-sectoral resources to mitigate these affectations and assess whether external assistance is needed to meet humanitarian needs.

Google translation from Informador.

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