Mexico COVID Traffic Light Updates January 10-23, 2022

The COVID-19 Omicron variant is causing an increase in the infection rate throughout Mexico (as elsewhere in the world), leading to the federal government’s decision to order three of Mexico’s thirty-two states to take strong action to controlling the spread of the pandemic, such as limiting commercial business to only essential activities and drastically reducing the capacity of on-site workers.

The worsening pandemic has also prompted the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to relaunch a program that provides people who have contracted COVID-19 with a “COVID-19 permit,” which recipients can use to s absent from work and receive sick leave. IMSS leave grant. 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.

Baja California Sur, Chihuahua and Tamaulipas are the three states currently under orange status restrictions, according to the federal government’s traffic light pandemic monitoring system. States in orange status limit the number of workers allowed on site, among other restrictions. Ten other states, up from just three in the previous edition of this report, are in yellow status, at which point all work activities are permitted, but with measures taken to reduce the risk of infection in high-risk people to develop severe COVID-19. Symptoms related to 19.

The bi-weekly, four-tier surveillance system was implemented in June 2020 and is used to alert residents to epidemiological risks of COVID-19 and provide guidance on restrictions on certain activities in each of the country’s states. Below is a map for the period from January 10 to 23, 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 states may impose lower or higher restrictions than those imposed by the federal government. For example, Baja California, which the federal government has designated as yellow status, has imposed orange status restrictions. And Tamaulipas has moved to impose red status restrictions in several of its municipalities, meaning only essential activities are allowed.

Vaccinations and Key Pandemic Indicators

Ninety-one percent of the nearly 82.7 million people who have been vaccinated to date have been fully vaccinated, the Federal Ministry of Health said in its daily technical report of January 12, 2022. The daily report has also pointed out that just over 201.3 million doses of vaccines had been made available so far.

According to pandemic tracking data from the Ministry of Health, since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 4.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The data also shows that as of January 13, 2022, 300,912 people had died from complications related to COVID-19. (The number of COVID-19-related deaths could be higher, according to federal “excess mortality” data.)

Mexico City

Pandemic tracking data from Mexico City reveals that as of January 12, 2022, more than 52,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since New Year’s Day. However, Mexico City’s Oversight Committee has not updated its October 2021 decree designating the capital as green status. Therefore, since early November 2021, business and social affairs in Mexico City are generally allowed to proceed without restriction.

The committee also did not update guidelines for private corporate offices, so employers may want to continue to limit the percentage of employees working on-site to 80%, in line with privacy protection guidelines. Mexico City’s industry-specific healthcare. Employers in corporate offices may also want to follow guidelines that employers provide at their own expense and on a weekly basis rapid antigen testing or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, to at least 20% of the personnel present on the site.

Finally, the verification visits of the Administrative Verification Institute as well as other government authorities of Mexico City will continue to verify compliance with general and specific health protection measures in the workplace. Employers who do not comply with the measures can be fined or subject to total or partial temporary suspensions from work centers for up to 15 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 20

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