Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, April 14

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On April 14 at noon(ish), Quintana Roo reported 245 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 24 deaths, 197 under study, and 439 negatives. There are 50 hospitalized, 102 in social isolation and 69 recuperated. They are located as follows: Benito Juarez (Cancun) 176 positives with 11 deaths, Solidaridad (PDC) 44 with 8 deaths, OPB (Chetumal) 7 with 3 deaths, Tulum 4 with 2 deaths, Cozumel with 8 positives, and 1 each in every other municipality, which are; Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Lazaro Cardenas, Bacalar, Felipe C Puerto, and Jose M Morelos.
Last week, the federal government purchased over ten tons of PPE's from China and is distributing them to the states. Dr Gatell (Mx's coronavirus czar) tweeted this morning that Phase 3 is near, when the goal is to have a smaller number of daily cases, so that all the people who require hospitalization are able to receive care. He said "In due course, the contribution to the reduction of transmission will be appreciated according to the intensity (degree) of compliance with the measures for mitigation, isolating and healthy distancing." A half a million tests have also been purchased.

From the City....

The info-graphic about the City's tax stimuli is published, again.

From the Mayor..The caption says, If you must leave your house, wear a mask, which is a measure that minimized the possibilities of contagion of Covid-19

Seamstresses sewed masks for City employees, which were distributed to personnel with ZOFEMAT (the Federal Zone agency) to protect them and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Mayor thanked them for this collaboration to help contain the spread of Covid-19 in the municipality. He said that everyone can collaborate greatly to avoid more cases in the municipality, with such simple action, and it is of great value to stay at home, and to comply with the hygiene and social distancing measures recommended by the health sector.

There are info-graphics about cleaning and disinfecting in your home if someone in your family is diagnosed with Covid-19 or has symptoms.
There is an info-graphic with symptoms of Covid-19
There is a LINK to the Governor's video about taking stricter measures.

VIDEO--The Mayor explains that face masks are now obligatory (mandatory) if you must leave your home for necessary reasons such as food, medicine or an emergency, and must be worn in any store or pharmacy. He explains that the intent of increased measures such as this and the checkpoints aren't to annoy people; they are to protect everyone. He also mentions seamstresses have been sewing and donating face masks. He emphasizes importance of hand washing, staying home, wearing masks, and taking care of your loved ones.
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There is an Ultramar schedule noting it hasn't changed.

Historically low number of flights at the Cancun Airport LINK with photos.
  On Sunday there were only 68 operations (flights) which decreased to 59 on Monday of which 29 were arrivals and 30 were departures. However, the 29 arriving flights were practically empty, since they travel to Cancun in search of tourist who are stranded and looking for a way to return to their homes.


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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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