Fast-Spreading Pandemic Has Reduced an Additional 100 Million People Into Poverty 
Thalif Deen - IPSNews
The UN's highly-ambitious goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 has been severely undermined by a rash of problems worldwide, including an escalating coronavirus pandemic, continued widespread military conflicts and the devastating impact of climate change. Read more...

Mexico Grants Emergency Use Approval for Merck's COVID-19 Pill 
Daina Beth Solomon - Reuters
Mexico's health regulator has granted authorization for emergency use of drugmaker Merck's COVID-19 pill Molnupiravir, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday. Read more...

Canadian Passengers Stranded After Party Flight to Cancun 
Associated Press
Passengers who filmed themselves partying without masks aboard a chartered flight from Montreal to Mexico now face being stranded after three airlines have refused to fly them home to Canada. Read more...

Travel Advisors Contend With Omicron Cancellations 
Claudette Covey - TravelPulse
With the Omicron variant showing no signs of diminishing, travel advisors are grappling with cancellations, with some clients canceling, mostly from fear of testing positive and being quarantined outside of the U.S. Read more...

Trudeau Slams Maskless Influencers' Wild Party on Montreal to Cancun Flight 
Neha Tandon Sharma - Luxury Launches
A video of vacationers is doing the rounds where they irresponsibly drank, danced, and vaped their way from Montreal to Mexico aboard a chartered Sunwing flight. These maskless passengers broke every COVID-19 related rule and numerous air transport rules. Read more...

One Thousand Cases in 24 Hours Registered in Jalisco on Wednesday 
Vallarta Independiente
Health authorities registered 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Jalisco in the last 24 hours. This is a significant increase, since 585 new cases were registered a day earlier. Due to the average dates, those infected are appearing as a result of the posadas, Christmas shopping and Christmas Eve and Christmas festivities. Read more...

Third Cruise Ship Denied Disembarkation in Vallarta Due to COVID Cases 
MSN News
In Puerto Vallarta there are now three cruise ships that have been denied disembarkation due to cases of COVID-19 among crew members and passengers. Read more...

Mexico's Health System Is 'Facing the Fourth Wave of COVID-19' 
VallartaDaily.com
The Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) made an urgent call to all its personnel and warned that Mexico is already in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

Studies Suggest Why Omicron Is Less Severe: It Spares the Lungs 
Carl Zimmer and Azeen Ghorayshi - New York Times
Many research groups studying Omicron in animals have found that, compared with other variants, it causes much less damage to the lungs. Read more...

Mexico Education Ministry Urges Return to Classes Despite New Wave 
Mexico News Daily
The 2021-22 school year resumed this week, but students in some states didn't return to the classroom due to the recent rise in coronavirus cases. Read more...

Mexico COVID-19 Infections Up, Especially at Tourism Centers 
Associated Press
COVID-19 infections are rising across Mexico, especially in states home to major tourism destinations on the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean that were busy during the holiday season. Read more...

We Have Enough Vaccines for Booster Shots, Mexico's President Says 
Dave Graham - Reuters
Mexico has enough vaccine doses to provide booster shots against COVID-19, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters at a government news conference. Read more...

Vallarta Leads a New Wave of COVID Infections in Jalisco 
Brenda Beltran - Tribuna de la Bahia
The Governor of Jalisco announced that the Omicron variant has already arrived in Jalisco; It is estimated that there are 16 cases of this variant. Likewise, it reported that active cases of COVID-19 have increased, with Puerto Vallarta leading the increase. Read more...

Studies Suggest Why Omicron Is Less Severe: It Spares the Lungs 
Carl Zimmer and Azeen Ghorayshi - New York Times
Many research groups studying Omicron in animals have found that, compared with other variants, it causes much less damage to the lungs. Read more...

Mexico Begins 2022 With 100+ Saturated Hospitals and Almost 4 Million COVID Cases 
Vallarta Daily News
Mexico began 2022 in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections. According to the latest official figures, the country almost exceeds 4 million accumulated cases since the beginning of the pandemic, in the midst of a new wave that is expected to get worse after holiday celebrations. Read more...

COVID in Jalisco: Hospitalizations in the State Increase 
Yunuen Mora - Informador
Hospitalizations for COVID went from 103 to 155 in the last week of 2021, according to the Government of Jalisco. Read more...

Sinovac Booster Dose Can Activate Cellular Immunity Against Omicron Variant 
The Edge Markets
Preliminary results of a study conducted by the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile (UC) showed that the Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine booster dose could activate cellular immunity against the Omicron variant, on subjects who were given two doses of the same vaccine previously. Read more...

Jalisco Foresees 400% Increase in COVID-19 Cases for January 
VallartaDaily.com
In Jalisco, the fourth peak of COVID-19 infections could arrive at the end of January 2022, according to estimates projected by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington. Read more...

Guadalajara Suspends New Year's Eve Celebrations Due to COVID
Raul Torres - El Universal
Due to the increase of COVID-19 infections in the state, the government of Jalisco suspended the activities scheduled for the end of the year in the center of Guadalajara. Read more...

More Tourists Means COVID Surge; 'Door Wide Open' for 4th Wave 
Mexico News Daily
Baja California Sur is now the country's coronavirus epicenter with approximately 14 times more active cases than the national per capita rate. Read more...

The Omicron Surge Could Be the Worst Public Health Challenge of Our Lifetimes 
Michael Osterholm and Ezekiel Emanuel - Washington Post
Omicron has already caused wide-scale disruptions across the airline industry, in sports leagues and among essential workers. State and local officials must put in place crisis-management plans to account for the reduction in the health-care workforces. The time to act is now. Read more...

Mexico Records 500% Increase in Omicron Cases in Five Days 
VallartaDaily.com
According to data from the global initiative for the sequencing of the virus, in Mexico, the number of people infected with the Omicron variant has risen to 254. To these data are added the 30 cases that were recently reported by the government of the state of Nuevo Leon. Read more...

Tracking Coronavirus in Mexico: Latest Map and Case Count 
The New York Times
Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Read more...

CDC: 'Avoid Cruise Travel, Regardless of Vaccination Status' 
David Knowles - yahoo!news
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert warning Americans to avoid traveling on cruise ships due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and in light of recent outbreaks on cruise liners. Read more...

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Mexico 
Vallarta Daily News
The Ministry of Health recorded 5,290 new infections and 188 deaths in the last 24-hours. Through December 2021, there was a considerable increase in daily infections, the figure for December 29 is the highest since October 15 when 5,203 cases were reported. Read more...

Mexico Approves Use of Cuba's Abdala Coronavirus Vaccine 
Associated Press
Mexico's health safety council announced Wednesday that it has approved the use of Cuba's three-dose Abdala coronavirus vaccine. The council said it had sufficient evidence the vaccine is safe and effective. Read more...

WHO Alert on "Tsunami" of COVID-19 Cases 
MiguelAngelLuna.mx
A tsunami of cases of the Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19 will bring healthcare systems to the brink of collapse, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. Read more...

Mexico to Allow Cruise Ships With Positive Cases to Dock 
Robert McGillivray - Cruise Hive
The Mexican Government has told Puerto Vallarta to stop demanding testing from cruise ships with positive cases of COVID-19. The call from the Government comes after several ports denied entry to cruise ships due to positive cases onboard. Read more...

CDC Cuts Isolation Time for People With Asymptomatic Coronavirus Infections
Yasmeen Abutaleb - The Washington Post
US health officials have shortened the recommended time those infected with the coronavirus should isolate from 10 days to five if they are asymptomatic - a decision they said was driven by a growing body of research about when people are most infectious. Read more...

Jalisco Foresees 400% Increase in COVID-19 Cases for January 
VallartaDaily.com
In Jalisco, the fourth peak of COVID-19 infections could arrive at the end of January 2022, according to estimates projected by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington. Read more...

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