Covid is back

The Baja California Sur Health Secretariat recommends to use face masks in case of symptoms of respiratory diseases remains in force. In addition, the measure is also suggested for elderly people and people with underlying conditions.

The research program on epidemiological risks of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has registered “a wide circulation of the virus at the community level that coincides with the recent report of new subvariants of the virus,”

“The timely application of basic and respiratory hygiene measures is essential to avoid COVID-19 infections, of which 259 active cases have been confirmed during the current epidemiological week in Baja California Sur, without any of them being hospitalized due to complications associated with the disease.” declared the head of the organization, Zazil Flores Aldape.

In addition, they mentioned that there was an increase in cases compared to the previous week, when there were 160, although this figure is not comparable with what happened in the pandemic, when more than 10,000 cases were reported in just 7 days within the entity. but it is still vital to contribute with the correct use of face masks when respiratory symptoms occur.


Heavy rains in La Paz

Without light and with streams running, like this Wednesday night in La Paz, where they closed the passage in 7 fords due to heavy rains.
The heavy rains that occurred on the night of this Wednesday, August 30, activated the Arroyo Seguro Crossing in the city of La Paz; at least 7 fords are affected, since the crossing of vehicles is not allowed; They also report that the light went out south of the municipality.
According to the website of the La Paz City Council, there is no passage in the fords of the IMSS clinic 34, Colosio, Calle Tuna, Avenida Carabineros y Deportistas, nor in El Vaquero, La Fuente.
While the passage with caution restricted for small vehicles was activated in the fords of Colonia Palmar II and Índigo. 

The Secretary of Public Education informs that there is no passage through the stream of the La Fuente neighborhood, Camino Real, Márquez de León and Patriotismo; they assure that they will reopen when the water subsides.
While in the Olas Altas neighborhoods, the Cabo Baja subdivision, Auroras and other areas south of La Paz they report that the power went out for several minutes and has not yet returned.


Arcturus on the rise.

In Mexico - we do not have a break-down by state - as well our nothern neigbor USA the COVID-19 subvariant, XBB. 1.16 aka "Arcturus" is on the rise. This is INFORMATION, nothing else. No alarmista style fear mongering! The mutation has been spreading around the world and gaining more recent traction in Mexico and the U.S.
Arcturus has been detected in at least 29 countries so far, the WHO said in a weekly epidemiological update published April 13. 

You can inform yourself at the the Coronavirus Tracker here. Just click the "New Cases" column to sort by numbers as well select above that the options for "now", "Yesterday" or "2 Days ago".


Covid-19 restrictions in La Paz

Civil Protection has just announced new restrictive measures for the Capital: limited hours for the sale of alcohol and access to beaches, in addition to the return of restrictions to enter the supermarket
After meeting the authorities of the Municipal Civil Protection Council in La Paz, it was determined that a reduction in the hours for the sale of alcohol will be implemented, in addition to reducing the capacity within the beaches and restaurants; in supermarkets and stores only one member per family will be accepted, warned Mayor Rubén Muñoz Álvarez.
“The entrance to supermarkets and department stores is reduced to only one member per family; alcohol sales hours in stores and supermarkets will be reduced until 6:00 pm ”, he said.
Regarding the sale of prepared food, the authority in the municipality of La Paz specified that the hours will be reduced until 10 at night, respecting a capacity of 30%, as established by the health alert system for Coronavirus. 


“For restaurants, which will have a capacity of 30% today, the food sale hours will be until 10:00 pm; as regards the sale of food on public roads, it will also be until 10:00 pm, but it will only be to take the food home ", he commented.
On the other hand, it was detailed that the capacity of public beaches will be 30%, with restricted hours from 7:00 to 19:00; likewise, religious activities, including cinemas, are suspended.
“All social events, parties in public rooms and parties at homes are canceled; in public transport a capacity of only 50% is established and under strict surveillance ”, said Rubén Muñoz.
Finally, in the case of gyms, it was detailed that only outdoor activities will be allowed and that the La Paz boardwalk will be closed in the evening: from the morning to 10 in the morning ”, he added.


AMLO fell well short

Mexico’s López Obrador loses some of his "Teflon" in midterm elections. Mexico's ruling political coalition is projected to lose its qualified majority in the lower house of Congress after a poor showing in midterm elections Sunday, according to initial figures released by the government. 

López Obrador's left-leaning political party, Morena, won about 35% of the vote. Morena and its governing partner, Partido Verde, are expected to win between 265 and 292 of the 500 seats in the lower house, according to preliminary figures from the National Electoral Institute (INE). 


López Obrador’s opponents framed the vote as one of the most important in recent Mexican history. They fear he wants to steer this country - the No. 1 U.S. trading partner - back toward the kind of one-party authoritarian system that prevailed for most of the 20th century. Critics compare the Mexican leader to populists such as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Salvadoran leader Nayib Bukele, who have demonized adversaries and rebuffed challenges to their authority by the judiciary.