Monday, April 20, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, April 20

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In México on April 19: 8,261 confirmed cases, 10,139 suspicious, 31,170 negatives and 686 deaths. There have been 49,570 tested. Of the confirmed cases, 5,212 (63.09%) have been less serious and 3,049 (36.91%) required hospitalization for Covid-19. Of the 8,261 confirmed cases, 3,087 (37.4%) have recovered, of whom none required intubation. Of 2,457 municipalities in Mexico, 550 have at least one confirmed case of # COVID19 (22.38%).

On April 19th, Quintana Roo reports 323 positive cases with 32 deaths, 179 are under study and 517 negatives. There are 129 in social isolation, 88 hospitalized and 74 recuperated (The graphic doesn't show the lone Isla Mujeres patient as recuperated, but our Hospital Director reported he has.)
They are located as follows:
229 in Benito Juarez (Cancun),16 deaths & 48 recuperated,
60 in Solidaridad (PDC),10 deaths & 22 recuperated,
13 in Cozumel with 1 death &1 recuperated,
10 in OPB (Chetumal) with 3 deaths & 1 recuperated,
4 in Tulum with 2 deaths,
2 in Jose M Morelos with 1 recuperated,
1 in Bacalar with 1 recuperated,
1 each in of the other 4 municipalities including Isla Mujeres.
The Recuperados are M-Women & H-Men, by age.

Photo credit: Alexandra Veronica Casalotti

Ministry of Finance blocks CFE from increasing electrical rates for 180,000 families in Quintana Roo
   SIPSE reports that a document dated March 30th with the signature of the Secretary of the Treasury, Arturo Herrera Gutierrez, prohibits the Federal Electrical Commission from reclassifying uses into the DAC (High Consumption) rate,  which can increase electrical bills by up to 300 percent.  The document if valid until seven days after the end of the current health contingency.
   The CFE reported that residential usage from February 1 to March 29 in Q Roo increased by an average of 250 percent. There were 183,250 households who consumed more than 850 kWh per month in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Bacalar, José María Morelos, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum and Lázaro Cárdenas, and more than 1000 kWh monthly for the rest of the municipalities. If this document had not been approved, these families would run the risk of entering the DAC, at a minimum cost of 8000 pesos bimonthly in the southern and central regions of the state, and 6000 in the northern zone. This would be a serious blow to family budgets.

With the National Campaign of Healthy Distance extended to May 30th, the municpal government continues implementing checkpoints to encourage inhabitants to stay in their homes as a measure of containment to the possible spread of coronavirus in the municipality. The checkpoints include personnel with the municipal police, the Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters, and the National Guard, who urge the inhabitants to stay in their homes and contribute to public health.
  Dr. Xhanat Tze Gonzalez, municipal liaison for coronavirus prevention said that the mandatory use of face masks is not an invitation to go out, on the contrary, preventative measures should be strengthened so that the contagion statistics in the municipality don't increase, which is why there is insistence on the citizenry doing their part by staying isolated in their homes. She said. "A face mask is one more preventative measure, but the most accurate approach is to stay home, not exposing ourselves unnecessarily; if for some urgent reason you have to go out, it is recommended to use a face mask, antibacterial gel, and extreme measures of prevention."

VIDEO with recommendations for preventing the spread of Covid-19 and an info-graphic about replacing disposing of disposable face masks promptly when they are moist and don't reuse them.

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Chetumal, Q. Roo.- To save lives, Governor Carlos Joaquín urged everyone to care for and protect the health of the most vulnerable people from Covid-19, such as older adults and those who suffer from obesity, diabetes, hypertension, asthma or have renal or cardiac problems.
        Being in the community dispersal phase of the coronavirus, the Governor of Quintana Roo asked the entire population to apply, more strictly, all hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, physical distancing, and staying at home, to save the lives of those who are most vulnerable.
     Via his social network accounts, Governor Carlos Joaquín reiterated the need to stay home to care for and protect your family, thus flattening the curve of community dispersion.

      This is why stricter measures were implemented reducing the mobility of people, and requiring the use of face masks when going out to purchase food, and to maintain a distance of at least one and a half meters between one person and another.
   He explained that the virus thrives more easily when there are high levels of glucose in the blood, which is why the diabetics occupy the first places in mortality from coronavirus. In Mexico, 8.6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, which is 10 percent of the population who are aged 20 or over.
      In the case of obesity, the body is in a continuous state of inflammation and when the virus enters it produces another inflammatory process in the lungs and bronchi, making it even more difficult to breathe. Three out of every four Mexicans suffer from obesity and that increases the lethality of the virus.
         He advised calling 911 if you need help. He said, "Help us to take care of our health by using extreme measures of social isolation." LINK  

After a month off of school due to Covid-19, Mexican students will begin virtual classes today, April 20th through the "Learn At Home" program, which is based on textbooks and uses TV programs. There is more information at this LINK  

VIDEO   The Governor congratulates Cancun on its 50th anniversary, "...when this jewel of the Mexican Caribbean was born. This anniversary we celebrate your greatness from home, but more united than ever. Just like we've done before, standing against winds and waves. Together We'll Move Forward."

From  Por Esto :

About 200 abandoned motorcycles were transferred from the Police Impound area to be scrapped, after several mechanics obtained permission to remove parts that were still useful. These vehicles have been accumulating for more than a decade, whose owners didn't claim them, presumably because of the cost of the fines, and they deteriorated quickly in the salty climate. Due to the health contingency, the police need to have enough space for any emergency. LINK

The 25 year-old man who was shot in colonia Cañota on Saturday night, passed away later at the General Hospital in Cancun as a result of multiple bullet wounds.He resided in Isla Mujeres and was originally from Tabasco. There are videos of the incident on social media and in the hands of the state Prosecutors, which show the hit man, who appears to have been waiting, walk quickly toward the victim and unload many or all of the bullets and run away. (The victim had just parked his scooter & was standing near it with the passenger.) After receiving immediate treatment at the Community Hospital, he was transported to Puerto Juarez in a Naval boat, where an ambulance took him to the hospital. LINK 

Although the fishermen have authorization to take their small boats out to provide seafood for the population, but they are having difficulty selling their products and prices have plummeted by as much as 50 percent. Managers and members of the five Isla Mujeres fishing cooperatives said only about 10 percent of the members are going out to catch fish, to deliver by request, since people can no longer go to the areas where they come ashore.
    One said, "“Our main clients were local restaurants and restaurants in Cancun, but now everything is stopped, so we don't go fishing. This also because prices fell, people do not want to pay the prices they paid a month ago."
   Pollock (abadejo) has gone from 230 pesos per kilogram to 120, grouper from 180 to 110, boquinete (hogfish) from 140 to 120. The less expensive species are 80 to 90 pesos per kilo and include chachi, jurel and canané. 
  Martin Puc, manager of the Isla Blanca cooperative said the fishermen are awaiting federal support of 7200 pesos for the lobster ban which should arrive in June.He said all of the 43 partners and employees of their coop have submitted the required documentation to the National Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA). LINK  


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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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