Revelers’ annual pilgrimage to Mexico’s iconic beaches has been disrupted by an outbreak of the Indian Delta COVID-19 strain.
Los Cabos, a tourist destination at the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and Cancun, the Caribbean tourist destination 500 miles off the coast of Miami, have both been hit by COVID-19.
Hospital beds are starting to fill the tourist areas as medical officials rush to get more supplies to the areas.
Mexico as a whole is facing a massive COVID surge, with cases rising nearly 250 percent in the past month.
Party hotspots in Mexico have been hit by outbreaks of the Indian Delta COVID-19 strain. Los Cabos has even closed some beaches to prevent the spread
Currently, anyone can fly to Mexico regardless of their vaccine status.
According to Bloomberg, just over two million people flew to Cancun in June.
Just over 550,000 flew to Los Cabos.
Both are significant jumps from last year’s figures.
In Baja California Sur, health officials are working to equip local hospitals with more beds to accommodate the current surge in cases.
Beaches in the area are also closed to curb the spread of the virus, although some are ignoring orders.
Hospitals reached 75 percent total emergency room last week, though that number has fallen to 62 percent the week after.
The Delta variant, a highly contagious strain of the virus that originated in India, is believed to be responsible for the wave.
“The Delta variant has a strong presence in the Yucatan Peninsula, especially Quintana Roo and in Baja California Sur, where about 80 percent of new tests are now delta,” said Alejandro Macias, who oversaw the H1N1 epidemic in 2009. in Mexico. told Bloomberg.
Cancun’s Hard Rock Hotel has reserved two floors of the iconic party hotel to quarantine guests showing symptoms of the coronavirus
In Cancun, the Hard Rock hotel has reserved two of the hotel’s nine floors for quarantining guests with COVID symptoms to accommodate the wave action.
Hotels are the tourist attraction and have been allowed to increase their capacity limits from 50 percent to 70 percent due to the area’s economic dependence on tourism.
Mexico as a whole is experiencing a COVID spike, as is their neighbor to the north.
Only about 31 percent of Mexicans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, although 50 percent of Cancun residents have.
The country currently has an average of 11,442 new daily cases, up 245 percent from the average just a month ago.
The number of cases in Baja California Sur fell to a low in May, when an average of fewer than 60 cases were recorded per day.
Since then, that number has risen to nearly 300 cases per day.
In Quintana Roo, which also includes Cancun, cases have risen from about 150 a day in early summer to more than 300 a day today.
Mexico is currently undergoing a massive wave of COVID-19 cases. Cases across the country are up 245 percent since last month
Mexico is currently experiencing its biggest COVID spike since winter.
However, due to a lack of testing infrastructure, the number could be even higher.
Since the pandemic first started in March 2020, the country has recorded more than 2 million COVID cases and 238 thousand deaths.
Despite the sharp rise, Mexico is unlikely to go into lockdown again.
“People are tired after so many months of the pandemic… we can’t ask people to reduce their mobility like we did in the beginning,” Lopez Gatell, Mexico’s COVID Czar, said at a news conference on Tuesday.