The Yucatan Health Secretariat revealed on Tuesday that it carried out 119 randomized tests to detect coronavirus cases among tenants of the San Benito and Lucas de Gálvez markets, located in Mérida, which yielded 47 positive cases for COVID-19. Of these 47, assured the state agency, only five could be included within the federal platform that brings together all the cases confirmed at the national level, because, according to the said secretariat, the other cases do not meet the requirements dictated by the Federal Government.
“In this epidemiological exercise, 119 samples were taken, of which 47 were positive. Of these, only five cases can be included within the national platform, due to the fact that the directives of the federal government establish it, so that the remaining 42 cases, by regulation, are not considered within the statistics”, reported Patricia Muñoz Miranda, leader of the Yucatan Respiratory Diseases Program. “The state government, for the sake of transparency during the health emergency, reports the development of this specific case,” she continued.
Unofficial sources related to the process reported that the reason for not including them is that, despite the presence of the coronavirus in their bodies, these people did not present symptoms related to COVID-19. The Yucatan Health Secretariat and the Merida City Council announced that the markets mentioned above will close in their entirety for two weeks starting May 20.
“We went from surprise to concern,” René Barrera Concha, mayor of Mérida acknowledged in an interview with El Financiero regarding the disclosure of these data. “You don’t have to be a doctor to know that an infected person is a spreader of more infections,” she said. It was the first exercise carried out in the city to study the possibility of a possible reopening of economic activities that are currently limited.
The markets in question were selected for being located in central points of the state capital where urban and foreign transport routes meet. The samples were taken exclusively from tenants who serve the clientele. Only the Lucas de Gálvez market, under normal conditions, reaches a number of 50 thousand daily visitors, Barrera explained, but the measure to completely close the markets is subsequent to another with which local authorities had limited 70 percent of the capacity to those shopping centers and the closing of most of the premises in those facilities.
In Lucas de Gálvez, 152,900 tenants operated until Monday, while in San Benito, of a total of 1,200, only 70 stores were operating. Given this circumstance, Barrera warned, the Yucatecan capital even considers the application of measures of greater restriction to mobility, rather than a return to the habitual behaviors of its population. All in coordination with the State Government.
Source: El Universal