In early June, Mexico introduced a four-colour traffic-light system for the gradual reopening of the country. As of the week commencing 22 June, there are 16 states coded as red (including Mexico City) and 16 coded orange. There are predictions that Mexico City will be moving to orange imminently, however hospital occupancy in the city has been stuck at around 68% capacity over recent weeks, just above the 65% required criteria to move from red to orange.
Mexico City has released a plan for the transition from red to orange. Over the course of a week, restrictions on car use and public transport will be lifted, small shops can reopen, the manufacturing industry will go back to work (from Monday to Thursday) and local markets will be able to operate. New temporary hospital beds are also being established, which will help to bring down the hospital occupancy rate.
If the situation continues to improve and the city moves to orange, hotels and restaurants will be able to reopen at 30% and 40% capacity respectively. Religious services will also be able to resume,at 50% capacity. Residents of Mexico City are uncreasingly ignoring the official injunctions to stay at home, either because they cannot afford to or because they have simply grown tired of it.
The Mexico City government has announced plans to ramp up COVID-19 testing to reach an average of 100,000 tests per month (up from 60,000) as part of a state-level programme to combat the virus. The plan will include the daily application of 2,700 tests in hospitals, private pharmacies and laboratories, contact tracing and a mass public information campaign. The programme also includes the provision of medical attention through text message, as well as medical kits and food support for patients.
The situation elsewhere in the country remains critical. According to official figures, infections are increasing in 26 of the 32 states, with an overall increase of 297 percent in the last 14 days.