About a Third of Mexicans Show Exposure to Coronavirus 
MedicalXpress
As many as one-third of Mexicans may have been exposed to the coronavirus by the end of 2020, according to a study of random blood samples taken between February and December. Read more...

Mexico Agrees to Produce Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine 
Reuters
Mexico's top diplomat travelled to Moscow Sunday for talks to hammer out plans for Mexico to bottle Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine domestically following delays in shipments. Read more...

Mexican Migrant Deaths in the U.S. Have Surged During the Pandemic 
Kevin Sieff - The Washington Post
Thousands of Mexicans in the United States, most of them undocumented immigrants deemed "essential workers" by state labor departments, have died of covid-19. By one measure, the community's death rate soared by nearly 70 percent. Read more...

Riviera Nayarit Upgraded to "Green" in Mexico's Traffic Light System 
Ozgur Tore - ftnNEWS
Although Mexico is listed at the 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' list of U.S. State Department Travel Advisory, the Mexican state of Nayarit most recently upgraded to green in Mexico's "Traffic Light" COVID-19 monitoring system. Read more...

Mexico Plans to Vaccinate All Adults in Popular Tourism Destinations 
Donald Wood - TravelPulse
The Mexican government has announced a plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all adult residents of five popular tourism destinations ahead of the busy summer travel period, including Puerto Vallarta. Read more...

Ministry of Health Admits COVID Deaths Are 61% More Than Reported 
Vallarta Daily News
Deaths associated with COVID-19 reached 316,344 on March 6, a figure 61.18% higher than the 196,272 confirmed by the Ministry of Health (SSa) within that period, a government report published on Tuesday admitted. Read more...

Whole Towns in Mexico Are Refusing to Vaccinate Against COVID-19 
Associated Press
Mexican health authorities say that 14 of the country's roughly 2,600 townships have refused to allow vaccination teams to administer anti-coronavirus doses there, concentrated largely in the heavily Indigenous southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. Read more...

Vaccine Tourism: Mexicans Who Can Afford It Head North for a Covid Shot 
Jude Webber - Mexico News Daily
Dismayed by the slow rollout of Covid-19 shots at home, middle-class Mexicans are increasingly traveling to the U.S. as loose inoculation policies in some states fuel vaccine tourism. Read more...

COVID-19 Information for U.S. Citizens in Mexico  
USEmbassy.gov
The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico would like to advise all U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Mexico to please refer to our COVID-19 Information page for the latest country-specific information and entry and exit requirements. Read more...

No More Parties: Mexico's Pinata Makers Badly Bruised by Pandemic 
Oscar Lopez - The New York Times
Pinata makers, often close-knit families whose business depends on the social gatherings that have largely halted during the pandemic, have, like much of the country, suffered both financially and personally over the past year. Read more...

Report: Mexico's COVID-19 Policies Cost Huge Number of Lives 
Eduardo Verdugo - Associated Press
Mexico's unwillingness to spend money, do more testing, change course or react to new scientific evidence contributed to the country being one of the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released this week by the University of California, San Francisco. Read more...

Coronavirus Pandemic 'a Long Way from Over', WHO's Tedros Says 
Reuters Staff
Confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week. Read more...

Pandemic, Hunger Force Thousands Into Sex Work in Mexico 
Rebecca Blackwell - Associated Press
Hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic have forced former sex workers in Mexico back into the trade years after they left, made it more dangerous and reduced some to having sex in cars or on sidewalks for lack of available hotels. Read more...

Private Doctors Say They've Been Left Out of Mexico's Vaccine Rollout 
Cassandra Garrison - Reuters
Mexico's private healthcare personnel are protesting being left out of the government's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, just as the country braces for a potential third wave of infections. Read more...

AMLO Says He'll Get AstraZeneca Vaccine 
Vallarta Daily News
Mexico's president said he now plans to get the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to boost confidence in the shot after it was linked to a rare blood-clotting disorder. Read more...

How to Plan Safe, Socially Distanced Travel Amid New CDC Guidelines 
Lori A. May - SeattlePI
Travel planning and optimism continues to rise as COVID-19 vaccinations roll out across the country. While vaccinations provide improved traveler safety, there are still precautions to take while enjoying a weekend getaway or family vacation. Read more...

Local Tourism is Making a Comeback as Vaccinations Reduce Fear of Travel 
Vallarta Daily News
Throughout the week, the second dose of coronavirus vaccines will be applied to 32,760 people over 60 years of age and medical personnel in Puerto Vallarta, offering certainty to the people who live here, but also to tourists. Read more...

COVID Didn't Kill the Gay Scene. But It May Change It. 
Alex Reimer - Daily Beast
The shuttering of gay bars and clubs during the pandemic has increased a sense of isolation felt by many queer people. The fun will resume once lockdowns end - but maybe differently. Read more...

How Vallarta is Complying with CDC, Ensuring Guest Safety Amid Pandemic 
Lori A. May - SeattlePI
Wondering what it's like to visit Puerto Vallarta right now? The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has given the Safe Travels Stamp to the State of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is, in recognition of the strict hygiene and safety standards in place throughout the region. Read more...

Travelers Recount Tales of Getting Stuck in Mexico After Positive COVID Tests 
Dawn Gilbertson - USA Today
Travel to Mexico and other international destinations open to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic took on additional risk when the new CDC guidelines went into effect Jan. 26. Read more...

Mexico Says COVID-19 Deaths Likely Much Higher Than Confirmed Toll 
Reuters Staff
Mexico's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is likely at least 60% higher than the confirmed number, putting it in excess of 300,000, according to government data. Read more...

Have a Safe Trip: These Tips and Strategies Actually Work 
Christopher Elliott - Forbes
With the summer travel season just ahead, people can't stop talking about how to have a safe trip. But that's the thing: Talk is cheap. What actually works? Read more...

Mexico to Speed Up Vaccine Rollout, Fearing Risk of New COVID-19 Wave 
USNews
Mexico will accelerate its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to protect the public against any new wave of infections, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday as the country's pandemic death toll approached 200,000. Read more...

Summer of Vaccines Stirs Hope After Sickly Year for Mexican Tourism 
Noe Torres, Adriana Varillas - Reuters
The expected summertime boom is a welcome postcard for Mexico's ailing economy as tourist spending comprised nearly 9% of gross domestic product in pre-pandemic 2019. Read more...

A Traveler's Worst Nightmare: When Your Covid-19 Test Comes Back Positive 
Karen Schwartz - The New York Times
Contracting the coronavirus while far from home is a frightening possibility. And sometimes it happens, with consequences that can be deadly. Read more...

Concerns Raised Over Fake Covid Tests, Lack of Standardized Controls 
El Universal
The Mexican Council of Medical Diagnosis Companies (Comed) said fake test results are being sold in hotels and airports and called on the health regulator Cofepris to identify and sanction those guilty of the practice. Read more...

US Border with Mexico to Remain Closed to Nonessential Travel 
Jayme Deerwester - USA TODAY
This weeek brought bad news for people planning spring and early summer trips: America's land borders with Mexico and Canada will be closed to nonessential travel until at least April 21, while ensuring continued flows of essential trade and travel. Read more...

U.S. Embassy Warns Americans to Avoid Spring Break Travel to Mexico 
Alison Medley - MYSA
Even though a sun-soaked escape to Mexico is tempting, the U.S. Embassy is warning Americans to rethink Spring Break and non-essential travel. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still on the rise in Mexico, according to the U.S. Embassy. Read more...

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