Bathers removed, surfboards secured on Huatulco beaches due to quarantine enforcement


The authorities of the three levels of government reached Zicatela and Bahías de Huatulco after the violation of the sanitary measure.

Members of the security forces at the state, municipal, and National Guard levels, along with Civil Protection, withdrew bathers and even secured surfboards on the coasts of Zicatela and Bahías de Huatulco, in Oaxaca, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Municipal inspectors, who closed businesses and commercial establishments located in the beach area, also participated in the action.

According to the authorities report, the signs and the yellow lines where access to the beaches is restricted were violated, for which reason he decided to call the bathers to vacate the spaces and withdraw to their homes.

Ciudadanos violan medidas sanitarias en playas de Huatulco ...

Some foreigners tried to resist the calls, which caused the local police to secure surfboards.

Realizan operativo en Zicatela y Huatulco, para retirar a surfistas y bañistas

In Bahias de Huatulco, through nautical boats, the police, and the National Guard called people to vacate the area with megaphones, since being at a yellow light, you cannot carry out public activities.

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“A coordinated operation had to be carried out with municipal land-sea authorities to prevent the preventive isolation measures on the beaches from being relaxed, given the presence of great mobility in the area,” said César Narvaez, spokesman for the State Coordination of Civil protection.

In the Sierra Sur in Miahuatlan de Porfirio Díaz it went from zero cases to five COVID-19 infections after May 18.

According to the latest report issued by the Ministry of Health, the Coastal area, the Papaloapam Basin, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and the Central Valleys area continue to be the places where the highest number of COVID-19 infections are reported.

Coronavirus cases in Oaxaca

The director of Medical Care of the Oaxaca Health Services (SSO), Erick Azamar Cruz, reported that 51 new positive cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 743 in the state.

He announced that 2,132 cases have been reported, of which 986 have been negative, 403 are suspects that are under study. The recovered cases are 358, while the assets are 300.

Likewise, it informed that unfortunately six more deaths have been recorded, bringing the total to 85 at the state level.


When the federal government announced that “municipalities of hope”, without COVID-19 infections, they could resume some activities, residents of Miahuatlán relaxed their measures of healthy distance

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After Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, relaxed the healthy distance measures since May 15, this municipality went from zero to 5 cases of COVID-19.

One of the first confirmed infections on the site was that of a 40-year-old woman on May 15, who registered shortly before some economic activities were opened and sanitary measures were ignored. 

Days before the first case was confirmed, the locals took to the streets without any protection measure, such as face masks, and also did not keep the ‘healthy distance’.

The transition from zero to 5 cases happened after the federal government announced that municipalities without infections, which were also together with other municipalities without positive cases, could resume their activities on Monday, May 18.

According to the mayor of Miahuatlán, Genaro Hernández, this behavior, and the announcement of the measure, increased the risk of the virus spreading.

Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, was one of the first Oaxacan municipalities in which the hygiene and healthy distance measures dictated by the country’s health authorities were followed.

Since the beginning of March, the population of this municipality was called to abide by the measures, only to go to the essentials, always taking care to keep the healthy distance, in addition to the suspension of the street market every Monday and the streets were sanitized.

When the Government announced that residents of the so-called “municipalities of hope”, places where there were no infections, could go out and resume their activities, the confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 began in Miahuatlán.

Hernández said he was concerned, during an interview with Animal Político, about this situation because in the event that the cases are shot the local health system could collapse.

The municipality only has four medical units, to serve 41 thousand visitors. One of these health centers, belonging to the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) serves 32 nearby towns.

For this reason, patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms should be transferred to the city of Oaxaca, which is located 100 kilometers away, as it is the closest point where seven units are located to exclusively care for patients due to this virus.


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