During a press conference on Tuesday, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, announced that Mexico has ended its COVID-19 health emergency following guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Lopez-Gatell stated that the decision was made since the conditions necessary for suspending the public health emergency of international concern, as outlined by the WHO, have been metMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a decree marking the end of the initial health emergency declaration on March 23, 2020.
The WHO also declared the end of COVID-19 as a global health emergency on May 5, 2023, due to the steady decline in cases, hospitalizations, and deathsLopez-Gatell further explained that 95 percent of Mexico’s population has the necessary antibodies to repel the virus, providing the country with a high level of immunity.
Additionally, the currently circulating variants have a lower virulence than previous ones and cause only mild illness. He added that clinical treatment of patients has improved.