Mexico City shuts down classes again, enters higher COVID-19 risk tier

A child is given hand sanitizer upon arrival at Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School as Mexico City authorities announced in-person tuition today after a declining trend in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections and hospitalizations in Mexico City, Mexico, have resumed 7, 2021. REUTERS / Luis Cortes / File Photo

Mexico City, June 19 (Reuters) – Mexico City schools that had just returned to face-to-face classes will be closed again from Monday as the sprawling capital is at a higher risk of coronavirus, education authorities said on Saturday.

Mexico City officials had eased restrictions on gatherings in schools, hotels, shops and restaurants just two weeks ago when the dense urban zone entered the lowest risk level of the government’s four-tier “traffic light” model.

But the federal health ministry raised Mexico City, home to more than 9 million people, up a notch on Friday evening for June 21 through July 4.

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said the city’s epidemiological traffic light, a calculation of risk factors, has risen from eight to nine points, placing the capital in the more restrictive level.

The Federal Education Agency of Mexico City (AEFCM) said in a statement that classes in both private and public schools will be suspended.

Mexico, which began COVID-19 vaccinations in late 2020, has reported more than 230,959 deaths from the coronavirus and 2,471,741 confirmed infections.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Adaptation by Steve Orlofsky

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