Thursday, April 16, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 16

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Cancun (Benito Juarez municipality) now has 200 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 15 deaths. Isla Mujeres remains at 1 case.
On April 16 at noon, Quintana Roo reports 279 positives with 28 deaths, 173 under study, and 475 negatives. There are 66 hospitalized, 116 in social isolation, and 69 recuperated. The positive cases are located: 200 in Benito Juarez (Cancun) with 15 deaths, 50 in Solidaridad (PDC) with 8 deaths, 9 in OPB (Chetumal) with 3 deaths, 4 in Tulum with 2 deaths, 9 positives in Cozumel, 2 in Jose M Morelos, and 1 in each of the other five municipalities, including Isla Mujeres.

 The National Campaign of Healthy Distance has been extended to May 30, to continue the mitigation measures for Covid-19, and regionalize them, segmenting mobility within Mexico.
       The Undersecretary of Health, Dr. López-Gatell and the Scientific Team (Equipo Científico) of specialists estimated the maximum peak of infections could arrive between May 8 and 10,  and the possible end of the first cycle of the pandemic could be reached around June 25, when 95% of the cases are expected by health authorities. They said this is dependent on following the recommendations of the Healthy Distance Campaign.
           Dr Gatell said that the pandemic is not developing in the same manner in all regions, and measures will regionalized based on the conditions in each zone. The greatest rates of transmission are in the metropolitan area of ​​the Valley of Mexico, and the cities of Tijuana; Mexicali; Guadalajara; Monterrey; Puebla and Cancun.  There are 474 municipalities or cities with  a very high incidence of transmission, and the main sources of contagion correspond to the main metropolitan areas of Mexico.
        However, there are more than 900 municipalities with low transmission rates where the quarantine may be lifted on May 17th. People living in a municipality with low transmission rates should not travel to regions with high levels of viral spread, and those in a municipality with high transmission should not travel to areas of low or no contagion.
           Dr Gatell explained, "We have said that reaching Phase 3 is inevitable; technically we are not yet in Phase 3 in general, but given the intensity of transmission, there are areas that should be treated as such."  He said removal of the quarantine in the main cities should be carried out gradually to prevent a rebounding of  the number of people infected.       
          President Lopez Obrador said, "As long as we continue to comply with the measures in the rest of the country, the restart of classes and productive activities will be on June 1st."
     The graphic shows the distribution of cases in relation to the municipalities with  yellow indicating those (1,021) that adjoin the high transmission areas. Those in red (463), are the high transmission areas of COVID-19. There are 979 municipalities with low transmission rates.

NOTICE- The State Department of Civil Protection reported that so far there are no reports of damage from the seismic vibrations that were felt in Quintana Roo, due to the 6.3 magnitude earthquake recorded this morning 112 kilometers off the coasts of Coxen Hole, Honduras, which was felt in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco (Chetumal), Bacalar, José María Morelos, Solidaridad (PDC) and Benito Juarez (Cancun).

From the City....

The City will continue having checkpoints & reminds the residents to stay inside except for essential needs like food and medicine, and to follow recommendations to prevent the spread of Covid-19


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 At Sunset--April 7  6:54p (sets 7:04p)
April 8     7:59  
April 9     9:04
 April 10   10:08
April 11    11:11

 Sunset  7:02-7:12pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:40--6:17am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

     This year, the nearly new crescent moon won't interfere, and you may see as many as 18 meteors per hour, at the peak. Occasionally, this shower produces 'fireballs' (exceptionally bright meteors) and about a quarter of Lyrid meteors leave persistent trails of ionized gas that glow for a few seconds. 
       The "shooting stars" will be more frequent in the pre-dawn hours, when the radiant point is highest in the sky. Look over the Caribbean, toward the northeastern horizon, but don't worry if you don't identify the radiant point (near the star Vega)--they can be seen in all parts of the night sky. (The radiant point is where they appear to originate.)

    Watch in the pre-dawn hours of April 20, 21 & 22 (Mon-Wed).  They'll peak in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, April 22. There may be some early on Thursday. You can also see three planets in the pre-dawn sky--Jupiter, Saturn & Mars, in the southeast. 
    There are records of this shower that go back some 2700 years, when the Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors "falling like rain" in 687 BC. The Lyrids are known for their occasional "outbursts", and observers have seen around 100 per hour in the US (1982), Japan (1945), and Greece (1922), with no predictions for this occurring this year.  
   The meteors are the debris of a comet (Thatcher) that takes 415 years to orbit the sun. They burn up in our atmosphere, about 60 miles up, while the star Vega is just a reference point and unconnected--it's trillions of times farther away. 

 HERE is an interactive sky map showing the position of the radiant (where the meteors appear to originate) in the sky above Isla Mujeres throughout the night & predawn. (Scroll forward to 10p+ when the radiant & Vega begin rising here.) You can change the date & location.

The Events section will resume when there are public events scheduled.

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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