Mexico City, Mexico — During his morning news conference, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the Sana Distancia program has been very successful in avoiding massive infections adding that in various parts of the country, quarantines could be lifted on May 17. However, the north and south will see a quarantine extension until May 30, 2020.
The federal government says that they will segment the return to productive and social activities depending on the degree of contagion. He says it will be necessary to wait until June 1 to resume activities in these other regions, which he explained, are the most affected metropolitan areas in the country.
He says the Sana Distancia (safe distance) measures will extend until May 30, but some regions who have flatlined their positive curves could have their quarantines lifted for May 17.
“On May 17, in these municipalities of very low incidence, there will be a return to classes and to productive and social activities,” said the president, adding that for the rest of the country, classes and activities will resume beginning June 1 as long as everyone continues to comply with the measures.
According to the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, Mexican health authorities reported an increase of 448 cases and 43 deaths in the last 24 hours, a 7.6 percent increase compared to the previous day.
Most of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 occur in the metropolitan areas of the Mexican capital, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Cancun, Culiacán, Tijuana and Mexicali, while few cases have occurred in rural areas.