On August 20th, the Chiapas Ministry of Health registered 88 new cases and four deaths from Coronavirus, four of them corresponding to minors between one and 14 years of age. According to the institution, so far in August, 64 infections have been officially registered among minors between one and 19 years of age.
Since the beginning of the pandemic and to date, the state has a total of 18,291 infections and 1932 deaths, this according to data from CONACYT. However, only 14,103 cases and 918 deaths are reported on the website of the State Secretary.
Currently, there are 1,122 active cases, with Tuxtla Gutierrez being the municipality with the highest number of patients, followed by Tapachula, Copainala, Palenque and Salto de Agua. Also that same day the Epidemiological Traffic Light was updated, which will be in force from August 23rd to September 5th and where Chiapas appears as the only state with a green light.
The new infections are registered in a context of uncertainty for a return to school in the state. Let us remember that Governor Rutilio Escandon announced that it is expected that by August 30th, more than 10,000 schools will return to class. However, recently teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) warned that they will not return to classrooms due to lack of proper conditions: “As National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) we say that face-to-face classes are a no go, they do not start and whoever goes to face-to-face classes is responsible for what happens”, they said.
For more information in Spanish:
Suma Chiapas 88 casos positivos de COVID-19 (NVI Noticias, 20 de agosto de 2021)
Semáforo COVID-19 en México: siete estados estarán en color rojo y solo Chiapas se mantiene en verde (Infobae, 20 de agosto de 2021)
Situación actual en Chiapas (Secretaría de Salud, 13 de agosto de 2021)
Chiapas registra 64 menores contagiados por Covid-19 en agosto (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 14 de agosto de 2021)
Gobernador anuncia que 10 mil escuelas iniciarán clases en Chiapas el 30 de agosto (Proceso, 19 de agosto de 2021)
Regreso a clases presenciales en Chiapas “no va”: CNTE (La Jornada, 2à de agosto de 2021)
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