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First week of decline in daily new cases in Mexico

UPDATED August 11, 2020

This article deals with the current situation in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum (Riviera Maya), and includes a summary of the figures in Mexico.

For the first time, a downward trend can be seen!

The number of new cases is decreasing!

In Quintana Roo, 5,437 people have recovered from SARS-CoV-2, bringing the total number of infected people in the Region down to 756 active cases. A total of 85 new infections were confirmed yesterday. These are the latest official numbers from 10 August.

The number of people who have died as a result of the new Coronavirus in Quintana Roo now totals 1,129. The most common conditions, in addition to the symptoms of the virus, are hypertension 22.13 % and obesity 21.19%, Diabetes 17.53 % and tobacco consumption 6.29 %.

It should not be ignored that these figures are only the registered cases and the actual number must be higher as not all of them are recorded.

Different information is presented about these estimated figures, and these might be 8-15 times higher.

Since 1 August, the number of confirmed cases has been decreasing and there has already been talk of further adjustments to the traffic light system.

The governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquin, promised that at least the northern part of Quintana Roo would soon enter the yellow phase, provided that new infections continue to decrease with the same trend.

The coming days will be very interesting, as for the first time a downward trend is visible and will hopefully continue.

The southern part of the state has again been classified as yellow in the traffic light system since last Monday, giving cities like Felipe Carillo Puerto and Chetumal some easement in daily life again.

In general, the situation seems to be improving not only in Quintana Roo, but in all 32 states 7 months after the first confirmed case.


The current COVID-19 situation is displayed in a color (traffic light) system. The color refers to the increase or decrease of confirmed cases and is updated every Thursday. The respective updates then come into effect on the following Monday.

The map shown above is issued on a federal level. The states use it as a guideline, but many have implemented their own traffic light system, as does the state of Quintana Roo, where the popular resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Tulum are located.

The state of Quintana Roo is divided into a northern (orange) and a southern (orange) area. Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum and Cancun have been classified as orange since 8 June.

As already mentioned in our blog "Current COVID-19 situation in Playa del Carmen and Quintana Roo, Mexico", the southern part was again downgraded to red on July 13th, as the reproduction rate of the virus south of Tulum, but especially in Chetumal, increased dramatically.

Since August 9, the entire state of Quintana Roo has been reclassified to orange.

The colors are associated with restrictions for the population, but especially for the local economy. Depending on the color, certain economic sectors may carry out their activities at a certain percentage or some may not carry them out at all.

Examples of activities and their restrictions

Welche Aktivitäten sind in jeder Phase des wirtschaftlichen Erholungsprozesses von COVID-19 in Playa del Carmen und Quintana Roo möglich?

Click here to see the official website of the Government of the State of Quintana Roo with all activities (in Spanish).

Die Informationen werden entsprechend der epidemiologischen Situation regelmäßig aktualisiert.


Public beaches, public parks, gyms, bars and clubs remain closed. Schools started summer vacation early, restaurants and hotels are allowed to open attending only 30% of their actual capacity.

What activities can be done right now?

Snorkeling and diving activities in Cenotes and on the reefs are allowed, but with restrictions as the capacity of transportation is limited to 50 % in some cases 30 %.

Activities you can do right now with Kay Tours Mexico

  • Cenote and Zip-lines

  • Reef Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos

  • Reef Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres

  • Whale Shark Encounter

  • Sian Ka'an Wildlife Encounter

  • ATV's

  • Monkey Reserve Punta Laguna

  • Snorkeling with turtles in Akumal

We are offering exclusive private transportation included in all our tours.

Are parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha open now?

In the following overview are the days on which most of the Xcaret parks are open. The hotel Xcaret Mexico is already open since the beginning of July with 30 % of its capacity.

Archaeological sites - Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum

Mexico's museums and archaeological sites are planning a gradual opening in accordance with the traffic light system, starting with open spaces and with appropriate conditions such as social distance, face mask protection, etc.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has drawn up strategies for the reopening of cultural and social activities according to the traffic light system, based on a weekly reassessment in relation to the current risk in each state and municipality.

Click here to see the plan for INAH's return and integration into the New Normal (in Spanish)

When will museums and archaeological sites reopen?

Mexico in Numbers

Mexico registered a new daily record of 9.556 new infections on August 1.

This day also marks a turning point in Mexico's situation at this time.

The number of newly registered cases has decreased since then and gives hope that a continuous downward trend will now be seen.

The chart on the right shows the confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Since July 15th, tourists have also been required to wear a face mask. This applies outside of hotels and beaches.

From our own experience, we know that in hotels a face mask is not expected from tourists but by employees. Meanwhile, fines and even prison sentences of up to 36 hours are imposed on locals.

It becomes clear that the authorities are forced to take these measures in order to avoid a relapse and therefore the closure of the whole area of Quintana Roo for tourism.

All those who do not carry out essential activities are being asked to stay at home, but for economic reasons and due to a lack of understanding of the risks involved, this is only taken seriously to a limited extent.

Your and our team's health, safety & peace of mind are our top priority.

Ensuring a safe and clean environment for our guests and our team has been a top priority for Kay Tours Mexico since the very beginning.

We remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and we want our guests to feel at home and comfortable when traveling with us.

In response to the dynamic COVID-19 situation, we have taken the following steps to ensure that our guests have less to worry about and more flexibility in their travel decisions.

On our COVID-19 UPDATES page, we present our action plan and further steps to enhance our existing strict protocols.

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Where does this data come from? All data comes from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). JHU gathers COVID-19 data from the World Health Organization, the European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control, and local health organizations.

Confirmed cases The total number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Deaths The total number of people who have died due to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

New cases The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 since the previous update.

Five-day moving average The average number of new COVID-19 cases for a given day, the two days before that day and the two days after that day. This trend line is used to show patterns more clearly.

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Given the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation and the responses of those who contributed to this website, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in these pages and cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can you, as a visitor to this website, derive any rights from it.

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