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Mexico declares a health emergency by COVID-19

Mexico, Mar 31.- The Mexican federal government declared this Monday the national health emergency by COVID-19, after a meeting of the Health Committee announced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In addition to the measures that are underway as part of the National Sana Distancia Day, all sectors in the country, mainly private companies, are urged to stop most of their activities, the newspaper La Jornada said in information about it.

The newspaper added that there is concern about the increase in community transmission of the virus, according to comments from some of those attending the meeting held at the National Palace.

The declaration of sanitary emergency has the purpose of making the population understand and assume the importance of staying at home. The objective is to decrease the virus transmission speed as much as possible. Otherwise, health services will be overwhelmed, as is the case in Spain and Italy.

The meeting was chaired by President López Obrador.

They were attended by secretaries of state, the health cabinet and the rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Enrique Graue , among others, who also agreed that actions that contribute to reducing the mobility of people should be strengthened, that is, so that stay at home.

Last Saturday, the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López- Gatell , said that in Mexico City the movement of people had only dropped 30%.

During the meeting it was confirmed that no measure of social distancing will be imposed on a mandatory basis. It is a matter, commented some of the attendees, of exhorting the public and private sectors to only maintain activities that are considered essential. (PL) (Photo: File)