Mexico City is closing classes again, entering a higher COVID-19 risk level

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A child is given hand sanitizer as they arrive at the Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School as Mexico City authorities suspended in-person classes today following a downward trend in the number of infections and hospitalizations for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico City, Mexico , June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Cortes/File Photo

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MEXICO CITY, June 19 (Reuters) – Schools in Mexico City, which had just returned to face-to-face classes, will close again from Monday as the sprawling capital slides into a higher tier of coronavirus risk, education authorities said on saturday with

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

But the federal Department of Health on Friday night put Mexico City, home to more than 9 million people, up a notch on the June 21-July 4 scale.

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Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the city’s epidemiological traffic light, a calculation of risk factors, rose from eight points to nine points, placing the capital in the more restrictive tier.

Mexico City’s Federal Board of Education (AEFCM) said in a statement that the suspension of classes applies to both private and public schools.

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

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Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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