Mexico celebrates Christmas without more restrictions as Omicron spreads

According to La Prensa Latina; Mexico City, Dec 21 (EFE).- The Mexican government on Tuesday said that there has been “a sustained reduction” in the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks, with just 23 cases of the Omicron variant detected nationwide so far, and thus Christmas will be celebrated without the need for greater restrictions although some other nations are implementing severe lockdowns.

Although in Mexico more than 70 percent of the recent Covid-19 cases have been identified as the Omicron variant, the Mexican government has only confirmed that 23 people have contracted that strain since Dec. 3, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the official tasked with managing the pandemic, said.

“They have mild symptoms. None has been hospitalized for health reasons. The only one was the initial case that we announced a couple of weeks ago who was hospitalized voluntarily to prevent contagion, (and) they did not infect anyone,” said the epidemiologist at the daily press conference at the National Palace.

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, Mexico has experienced more than 3.93 million Covid-19 cases and almost 300,000 deaths, as per the official count, the fourth largest figure in the world.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has suggested that authorities “cancel or postpone” December gatherings given the spread of Omicron and the continued prevalence of the Delta variant, due to which a number of European nations – along with certain regions in Brazil and the United States – have implemented increased restrictions.

A canceled event is better than a canceled life, said the WHO chief, adding that it’s better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and mourn later.

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