Cancun, Q.R. — In 24 hours, news that the city of Cancun recorded 44 new positive cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths captured the attention of health authorities. The city has currently registered more than 300 positive cases and over 30 deaths as the country enters into Phase 3.
The positive cases continue to increase as do flights from the US, which is considered the epicenter of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, two flights from New York, two flights from Miami and one from Charlotte landed at the Cancun International Airport.
According to Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), there were 54 operations at the Cancun International Airport including six international arrivals, two of which arrived from New York where more than 257,000 positive cases and 15,000 deaths have been confirmed.
Although airport authorities say sanitary measures continue to be taken, health authorities have confirmed that there are many asymptomatic cases among the infected.
During a live broadcast, Cancun mayor Mara Lezama said “we will continue to reinforce measures in the municipality as we have done from the beginning, anticipating our environment because our city has different characteristics that we cannot ignore.”
As Mexico enters Phase 3, Lezama noted “we will be stricter in sanctioning and closing non-essential establishments. We continue to ask people to stay at home. We will continue to close streets and avenues with the aim of preventing people from leaving if they have nothing to do on public roads.”
The cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, two of the state’s main tourist destinations, have been given a quarantine extension which will see residents locked down until the end of May.