COVID roundup: active case numbers down, cross-border vaccination expands

Source: Mexico News Daily

An additional 13,217 coronavirus cases were added to Mexico’s accumulated tally on Wednesday while the COVID-19 death toll rose by 896.

Mexico’s pandemic totals now stand at 3.54 million cases and 269,912 deaths. There are 83,834 estimated active cases across Mexico, a 1% decrease compared to Tuesday.


In Mexico City, another Grito minus a crowd in the zócalo


Source: Mexico News Daily

Celebrations of “El Grito,” a symbol of the struggle for independence, will be heavily toned down on Wednesday in Mexico City due to COVID-19 restrictions despite this year being the two-century anniversary of the beginning of liberation from Spanish rule. The event was also heavily diluted in 2020 due to health considerations.

Traditionally, a large crowd congregates outside the National Palace and calls back to the president as he calls the names of the heroes of the independence movement, culminating in three cries of “Viva México!” or “Long live Mexico.”


Should travelers avoid Mexico as delta surges? For locals who need them, it’s complicated.


Source: The Washington Post

With many of the world’s borders closed or heavily restricted, Mexico has remained one of the most popular destinations for Americans throughout the pandemic thanks to its low barrier of entry. Flights are often affordable, and coronavirus protocols have been manageable.

Destinations such as Cancún, San Jose del Cabo and Mexico City are routinely the most booked international trips for U.S. travelers, and Cancún International Airport reported it exceeded pre-pandemic aerial traffic this summer.


Early numbers show fewer than half of Mexico’s students returned to classes


Source: Mexico Daily News

Fewer than half of Mexico’s 25 million pre-school, primary school and middle school students returned to the classroom on Monday, according to preliminary data, but the federal education minister believes that the real number of returnees is much higher.

Schools across Mexico reopened on Monday 17 months after closing due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Education Minister Delfina Gómez said Tuesday that schools reopened in 30 states with the only exceptions being Sinaloa and Baja California Sur due to the lingering presence of Hurricane Nora.


Return to school filled with uncertainty in Mexico


Source: ABC News

Officially, school is starting “in person, responsibly and orderly,” according to the Education Ministry.


Mexico to receive 1.75 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines from U.S.


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Mexico is set to receive the first batch of 1.75 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine from the United States at the weekend, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday, shortly after Mexico authorized its emergency use.


7 Mexican states report growth in Covid case numbers; Saturday figures almost break record


Source: Mexico News Daily

Federal health authorities said another 7,172 new Covid-19 cases were reported Monday as the third wave of the coronavirus continues to show steady growth.

There were 272 deaths reported Monday and 133,866 active cases.


US to send more COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico amid Delta surge


Source: Al Jazeera

The United States will send up to an additional 8.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses to Mexico, as both countries continue to grapple with a spike in infections fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Speaking on Tuesday, a day after holding a phone call with US Vice President Kamala Harris, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he expected most adults living along the border with the US will have received their second dose of the vaccine within a month.


Mexico says to receive up to 8.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from U.S


Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday the U.S. government will in the coming weeks send Mexico 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by drugmaker Moderna, as well as up to 5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.


US to send additional vaccine doses to Mexico


Source: The Hill

The United States will send additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to Mexico, the White House said Monday, after the Mexican government said it would ask for millions more shots to combat a surge in cases.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The two leaders discussed the flow of migrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the pandemic, according to a readout of the call.