Sunday, April 19, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, April 19

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This morning's sunrise from MVC, with frigates & a sliver of a crescent moon (which my camera wouldn't pick up).

 In national news...
President supports Dr. Gatell & scientists after journalist advises opposition of federal recommendations
      A scandal was generated when news person Javier Alatorre of TV Azteca advised against following the recommendations of the federal Undersecretary of Health, Dr. Hugo Lopez-Gatell, concerning the Covid-19 pandemic in Mexico. On Saturday night, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador responded by asking all Mexicans to follow the advice of Gatell because, "He is the great Mexican specialist".  He said that Dr. Gatell is supported by a group of specialists, scientists, members of the National System of Researchers and winners of National science awards, who are confronting the coronavirus epidemic and determining the strategies, not politicians and know-it-alls.
   He emphasized that the behavior of the people is fundamental, noting, "We are paying attention (to the recommendations), because we are staying at home; we are not leaving except for what is essential; we are taking care of our chronically ill, diabetics, hypertensive patients, our dearest older adults, respectable elderly people, we are taking care of them because they are the most vulnerable group." 
  He announced that the federal government will provide support to all households in Mexico, beginning with the 60 percent who are the poorest. 

On April 18, Mexico reported 7497 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 12,369 suspected, 29,301 negatives and 650 deaths. There have been 49,167 people studied. Of the confirmed cases, 4731 (63.11%) have been less serious and 2766 (36.05%) have required hospitalization.

From the City....

Anyone who is discovered selling alcoholic beverages in a clandestine manner during the Dry Law/Ley Seca in our municipality, will be subject to loss of liberty in jail. We are in a global contingency that requires everyone's commitment.

     Isla Mujeres firefighters have been battling three forest fires on the mainland part of the municipality near Francisco May. The two fires north of the village, adjacent with the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas, are 100% controlled and the other, near the limits of the municipality of Puerto Morelos, is 50% controlled. They have been working intensely and nonstop, in coordination with the villagers, which included creating firebreaks to protect their property and possessions, and the use of a water truck provided by the City.
    There are about 100 hectares still affected, and the Director of Civil Protection said they are working on that. He said it is essential to stay vigilant of any situation that may cause a fire, and it is recommended to avoid burning during this dry season and protect the biodiversity of natural areas and safeguard the physical integrity and property of the citizenry.

VIDEO of state police at work with captions that says:
Quintana Roo police advance to save lives They are a national example for promoting people to stay at home. Q Roo is one of the states that has reduced its mobility the most. Q Roo leads the states that have reduced their mobility the most to stop the virus from spreading. The Federal Government presented studies by Google which indicated that traffic has dropped in the streets in all of Quintana Roo. "Q. Roo sets the example." Mobility in terms of public transport stations has been reduced by 90% in Q Roo. "Residential Mobility / Stay at Home" And the most people have stayed at home in it is Q Roo, at nearly 30%. Policia Quintana Roo: A national example of support for the population to save lives.
Note-- Face masks are now mandatory in public and the state police have been giving them away for free.
                                               Mobility of Public Transportation Stations
                                             Staying at Home "Quedate en Casa"
Isla Mujeres al Momento
Execution attempt 
Last night, Saturday, April 18th at 7:46 various gunshots were heard in colonia Cañotal on the island of Isla Mujeres, and a male was injured. Alarmed neighbors called the emergency number and municipal police, the National Guard, and Red Cross paramedics arrived to provide attention to the injured person, who still had vital signs. He was taken to the Community Hospital in a police vehicle, and his identity wasn't known at the time of this report. Police and the National Guard were seeking the person or persons responsible, and guarding the hospital. VIDEO of victim outside the hospital being transferred from the police truck to a stretcher. IM Noticias reports that the victim was taken to Cancun. La Tertulia reports the incident occurred near the "Pato" store in colonia Canotal.

Recommended activities for children at and make up stories, put together puzzles, watch movies, play board games.

These are infographics about what to do if someone in your family catches coronavirus 
Isolation: It is preferred that the sick person have their own bedroom and bathroom, and if this isn't possible, everyone in the house should wear masks and maintain a meter of distance. Keep the door closed and the patient should leave as little as possible. Use a trash can with a top and bags that can be closed hermetically.  You can communicate with them via cell phone to help emotionally.

The caption says-Helping your children with their school tasks or assigning them home work will promote family bonding and proper use of time. The graphic says-Stay at Home. Help them with their school work and implement general cleaning and disinfecting in your home.

TVisla Mujeres    
* The Governor of Quintana Roo held virtual meetings with the municipal presidents to evaluate progress in prevention of the spread of Covid-19 and economic support for families.
* To save lives, strict measures have been implemented to protect families as this stage of community dispersion is increasing.

Chetumal, Q. Roo. (LINK) - Twelve days after beginning the delivery of food aid house by house, in support of the economy in this stage of the contingency caused by COVID-19, the State Government headed by Gov. Carlos Joaquín has already attended to more than 281,300 families, of the goal of 500,000.           

    The food aid is part of the "Five Supports for Your Tranquility" program implemented by the governor so that people can stay home and save lives. The aid is being delivered with an established protocol, which includes official identification and photographic evidence to provide transparency, in the 11 municipalities of the state, in both rural and urban areas.
     The Governor said that coordination with the presidents of the 11 municipalities of Quintana Roo has been invaluable at advancing actions of prevention and social distancing, as well as helping the economies of families, to save human lives.
         During the week, the Governor held meetings with businessmen from the north of the state, from Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, reviewing the economic conditions and options for supporting families in this health and economic crisis.

        He also spoke with business representatives from the southern region of the state, including Chetumal, Bacalar, Mahahual, seeking options to maintain their workforce and show solidarity with families. 
     The Governor explained that having entered the full-on scenario of COVID-19 dispersion within the community, 10 measures were put in place to protect families, with stricter provisions to save lives.

1 )Closures of main avenues and streets to reduce the mobility of people.

2) Restrict movement to only those who carry out essential activities, such as health services, security and civil protection, supply, banks, messaging, public services of water, electricity, garbage, gas, gasoline and transportation.

3) Public meetings are prohibited.

4) Mandatory use of face masks.

5) Mandatory distance of one and a half meters in public places.

6) Families should obtain supplies at the store closest to their home.

7)Answer the COVID-19 questionnaire once a week, available at:

8) Supply centers must take extreme sanitary measures.

9) Only essential establishments should open. There will be sanctions for those who violate this measure.

10) The sale of alcohol will only be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For those who disobey there will be closure and cancellation of the patent. (Note-Alcohol sales are prohibited in Isla Mujeres until further notice).

Nearly all the fires (in the mainland part of the municpality) have been provoked, directly or indirectly; with illegal logging being one of the main causes, by people lacking consciousness about nature nor the damage they cause. ~~Merced Ortiz (Director of the municipal Department of Civil Protection 

VIDEO of Sac Bajo & the Bay from a drone

   La Tertulia  

The only person in Isla Mujeres who had a confirmed case of coronavirus has been released from social isolation, along with all his contacts, and is free of any symptoms. He was kept at home under medical supervision and respecting all restrictions, during the isolation. His case was mild, and everything necessary was done to prevent the spread of the virus. Monitoring of his contacts continues.
   This case will continue to appear in the state statistics, although the patient has recovered. Dr. Xhanat Mora, Isla Mujeres liason for coronavirus prevention, said that no one should lower their guard and the population should continue with the preventative measures that have been established by the authorities to prevent the spread of the virus. Dr. Mora said that although things are going well in Isla Mujeres, you must consider that our neighboring community has the largest number of cases of Covid-19 nationwide (sic Mexico City has over 2000). It is recommended that you do not cross to Cancun unless it is an emergency situation; you should be at home respecting the preventative measures and obtaining information related to coronavirus from official sources

From  Por Esto :

Vehicle registration and licensing payments have been deferred until health authorities discontinue the Stay At Home program. LINK  

Donations needed to help feed stray and sheltered cats LINK  
Serena Fronzoni is seeking donations for food, which are usually received from tourists and temporary residents, but since they have left, the need has increased for help with the program associated with the veterinary hospital. She has received authorization for the Department of Ecology to go out and feed the stray cats, and has asked the Civil Protection and the municipal police be notified that she has authorization. 
   She works with Dr. Elfino Guevara to promote rescue and adoption of cats year-round. She provided photos of stray cats and of the sheltered cats. Dr Delfino is providing treatment for animals for free during this period when most islanders have lost their jobs. 
   Serena Fronozoni asks that you contact her before sending donations and says her Paypal address is


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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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