The rows do not stop despite the call not to go for the Covid test

Long lines and crowds don’t stop at newsstands, pharmacies and health centers in Mexico City, despite calls by officials not to go for a COVID test if you have symptoms.

The capital’s 34-year-old Andrea went to the office of the Cuautémoc mayor this Thursday in a module set up in Forum Buenavista Square to get tested after coming in contact with two friends who were positive.

The obvious discomfort, shredded body and hoarseness with which he woke up Wednesday didn’t stop him from having a little “hope,” so, although he knows the Omicron version is much more contagious, I don’t hesitate to call out his health. Took out on the road to check.

“There is an expectation, isn’t it? That it comes out negative,” he said, explaining why he goes to the module despite being in contact with infected people.

“I bring a mask, I haven’t taken it off and we respect the line, I don’t lose anything; In any case, it’s better to know whether I have or not,” he warned, about the risk of going out on the street and infecting more people, if it’s positive.

Hours later, the horrific result justified his symptoms: positive for COVID-19. All that remains for him is to be in isolation for “at least a week”.

“It sounds like you don’t want to hear that you have it, because it’s scary, but now, understanding that it is, we know it’s best to be responsible and stay home,” he said.

Antonio, a 19-year-old boy, came only out of “curiosity” because he had contact with relatives who had tested positive; However, so far he has no symptoms.

“I want to know if I have it because I am living with my grandfather and a few days ago I saw some relatives who told us they were sick; it is to know, more than anything, if I have So not being close to that and taking precautions, but it gave us a fever of tests; many people everywhere and with shifts,” he explained, admitting that before the kiosks, he visited pharmacies and labs for prices. Said, but “it was too expensive for them to pay.”

When asked about the reasons for leaving, even with the call by the authorities not to get tested, the young man explained that “his fear of the virus is greater than anything he has said”, because although He admitted that in this new rebound he knew of more relatives and friends with the infection but without seriousness, leaving him with fear as he would have lost relatives before. “There was a loss in my house; So even though my grandfather got vaccinated, I don’t want to take any risks.”

Lines were recorded in different parts of the city this Thursday, nearly two weeks after various kiosks reopened. In the esplanade of the Venstiano Carranza mayor’s office, where a module was opened, the 300 tokens to be distributed daily ran out before noon.

In Salesian Park, where a module had been installed as of yesterday, not an hour had passed since the inauguration when there was already a line of people waiting their turn to take the test.

Yesterday, the head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum, reiterated calls not to test via the Internet or social networks, to avoid the risk of falling victim to scams, and to call on employers not to request negative virus tests from their employees.

  • Data: There were 50 thousand 325 active patients on Wednesday; That is, those who have not recovered from the disease; Till that day 4 lakh 66 thousand 661 tests had been done.

MH and Cuajimalpa . Mount 2 additional modules in

Starting this Thursday, Mexico City health officials set up two testing application kiosks for the detection of COVID-19 in Miguel Hidalgo and Cuajimalpa City Hall.

These modules are in addition to the 11 kiosks set up a week ago in different parts of the capital to increase the number of daily reagents implemented, and which were located in eight shopping malls for 15 days.

In Miguel Hidalgo City Hall, the module was installed in Salesian Park, located in the Anahuac neighborhood, while in Cuajimalpa it was placed next to the City Hall Esplanade in front of the Prosecutor’s Office facilities.

Both modules will be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and will provide free care to the residents of the capital.