Mexico COVID-19 traffic light surveillance update

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads throughout Mexico, the federal government is asking more states to step up their efforts to contain the virus, including directing Aguascalientes to allow only essential activities – the first time since last September that a state has operated under the nation’s strictest red-light pandemic control measures according to the nation’s four-tier COVID-19 surveillance system.

Nine states, including all of the northern border states and Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula, operate under amber light status (high risk), one notch below red status. The bi-weekly system was implemented in June 2020, and it is used to alert residents to the epidemiological risks of COVID-19 and provide advice on restrictions on certain activities in each of the states in the country.

Below is a map for the period of January 24 to February 6, 2022, indicating the level of risk of COVID-19 in each of the states and the capital.

This table shows each state’s traffic light status and, where applicable, variations between federal and local traffic light states based on publications from the Federal Department of Health and state reports provided by each state. Some of the country’s thirty-two states have their own surveillance systems in place and may therefore impose restrictions that vary from federally designated status restrictions. For example, the government of Tamaulipas has imposed red status restrictions, even though the federal government has designated the state as yellow status, which means that all work activities are permitted, but with measures taken to reduce risk. of infection in people at high risk of developing severe symptoms related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Sick Leave Grant

The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) recently relaunched a program that provides people who have contracted COVID-19 with a “COVID-19 permit,” which recipients can use to take time off work and receive a grant. sick leave from the IMSS. People who have contracted the virus and show symptoms are entitled to seven days of subsidized leave. People who have received a positive test result but do not show symptoms are entitled to five subsidized days off. People whose leave is approved by the IMSS must notify their employer to justify their absence from work.

Key pandemic indicators and vaccinations

Since the start of the pandemic, 308,141 people have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19, although the estimated total could add more than 14,000 more deaths, according to government COVID-19 data, updated February 2, 2022 Over 5 million cases have been confirmed since the pandemic hit Mexico, of which 199,413 are currently active.

The federal government is also reporting data showing an increase in vaccinations: of the nearly 83.4 million people over the age of eighteen who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, 93% have received the full vaccination schedule, the Ministry of Health said in its daily technical report. , published on January 25, 2022.

The Ministry of Health also said on January 28, 2022 that its vaccination strategy is being carried out “on the basis of the highest priority”, with the elderly, health personnel and immunocompromised people in the first group of individuals. to receive doses.

Mexico returns to yellow status

On January 21, 2022, the government of Mexico City announced its decision to change its traffic light status to yellow, after operating in green status since early November 2021. The government said that “in a responsible effort to continue economic recovery of the city, economic activities will not be closed,” but advised people to continue wearing masks and washing their hands frequently, among other recommendations, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Finally, the Administrative Verification Institute, together with other government authorities of Mexico City, will continue to visit companies to verify compliance with general and specific sanitary measures for the protection of occupational health. Authorities can impose fines on employers who do not comply with health and safety measures. Offending employers may be subject to total or partial temporary suspension from work centers for up to fifteen calendar days. Non-compliant employers may also be subject to other applicable penalties.

© 2022, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 40

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