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Cozumel mayor clarifies island remains free of coronavirus

Cozumel, Q.R. — The mayor of Cozumel says the island remains free of coronavirus, adding that residents should remain calm, avoid rumors and stay informed through official channels.

Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis says he will be the only local communication channel to inform residents regarding coronavirus updates on the island. While at the state level, the person in charge is the head of Sesa, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo and Governor Carlos Joaquín González, he noted.

“I call on the population to remain calm and inform themselves through official channels. Our commitment is, and will be, to promptly disclose suspected cases that come to the island. Let’s avoid rumors and join forces to get out of this situation,” said Joaquín Delbouis.

The announcement came after false rumors that a coronavirus-related death had taken place on the island, an account that the mayor clarified was not true.

He says “between public and private hospitals, Cozumel has more than 100 beds as well as trained personnel and supplies to care for patients who become seriously ill with the virus.”

He clarified that the island remains free of the virus and suspected cases.

Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis

“In these moments of global health contingency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment is and will be to promptly disclose suspected cases that may appear on the island, whether positive, negative or under study. Let’s avoid rumors and join forces to get out of this situation,” Joaquín Delbouis added.

He explained that they will continue to monitor disinfection and hygiene measures in crowded places, passenger ferries including Winjet and Ultramar, as well as in public transport units, taxis and street vendors.

Regarding the reinforcement of security measures at the main entrances and exits of the island, he said that soon, infrared thermometer filters will be installed in the Navega and Calica docks in Playa del Carmen so that people with high temperatures are attended to by trained personnel in order to rule out or confirm any diagnosis of a suspected case.

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