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CDC urges against travel to Mexico; WHO says country ‘in bad shape’

The Associated Press
Published 10:58 p.m. ET Dec. 1, 2020


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico as the country grapples with rising COVID-19 deaths.

The CDC has currently placed Mexico in the Level 4 risk category, which is the highest risk level for COVID-19. If anyone must travel to Mexico, the CDC recommends getting a viral test one to three days prior to traveling as well as prior to returning to the United States.

The organization also says to wear a face mask during travel, says travelers should get tested three to five days after travel and says travelers should stay home for seven days after travel.

On Monday, the head of the World Health Organization said that “Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic and urged its leaders be serious about the coronavirus and set examples for its citizens. 

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s comments came as Mexico’s death toll rose to 105,940 – the fourth highest in the world – with 1,113,543 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. The country’s actual numbers are believed to be much higher partly because of low testing levels.

Dressed in protective gear to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, military surgeon, Coronel Oscar Benavides Aguilar talks to a patient who is speaking to her daughter via a tablet, at a military hospital set up to take care of COVID-19 patients in Mexico City, Monday, November 30, 2020. As of last Friday, Mexico reported a record daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with Mexico City reporting the biggest portion of the surge in cases. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) (Photo: Marco Ugarte, AP)

“The number of increasing cases and deaths in Mexico is very worrisome,” he said in a press briefing.

Mexican President Andrés López Obrador has been criticized for often not wearing a mask and while not mentioning names or specific cases, the WHO chief urged the country’s leaders to take the pandemic seriously.

“We would like to ask Mexico to be very serious,” he said. “We have said it in general, wearing a mask is important, hygiene is important and physical distancing is important and we expect leaders to be examples …”

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The Mexican government’s pointman on the pandemic, Hugo López-Gatell, said all the comments are valuable but noted the government had already warned that with the arrival of winter the situation would worsen. According its latest data, the pandemic has grown by 7% in the past week.

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Contributing: Charles Trepany 


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Springdale Recreation Center with ‘issues’ in much better shape

SPRINGDALE — Members of the City Council toured Springdale’s new recreation center on Wednesday. It marked the first visit for some members since the city purchased the 120,000-square-foot building for $4 million in late 2018.

The money to buy the former All-Star Sports Arena came from the $19 million bond money for parks approved by voters in February 2018.

“When we bought it, we knew we were going to have to spend some money,” said council member Mike Lawson. “We knew we inherited an eyesore that had issues. But to give this back to the citizens and kids is just remarkable.”

Renovations have totaled about $1 million, which included a heating and air conditioning system, a roof, lighting and turf for the indoor soccer field.

Chad Wolf, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said an open walking track hanging above the ball courts was structurally unsound. And the entire interior of the building was painted.

Employees of the city’s Parks Department are putting the finishing touches on the department’s administrative offices, but staff has been working there about three weeks. Staci Mains, the administrative assistant for the department, has had time to cover her office with paraphernalia touting her favorite sports teams.

The city saved about $500,000 on the office area when Wolf put his own staff to work framing and laying tile, rather than hiring contractors. Employees had time for the work because tournaments and local team play were canceled when the Arkansas Department of Health limited large public gatherings, Wolf said.

Phased openings for community and school sports began Aug. 21, according to the Health Department’s website.

Wolf said the shut down also allowed renovation to continue without inconveniencing the public by closing the center.

Lawson said he the six courts for league and tournament volleyball and basketball awed him.

“They look professional and classy. It’s such a nice, clean look. They’re going to be able to play a lot of volleyball and basketball there,” he said. “We’ve certainly come a long way from my days working and playing at the Springdale Youth Center in the 1980s,” he said. “We started with tile floors, which were slippery. And we only had one court.”

That youth center in Murphy Park was sold to the Springdale School District when the city bought All-Star.

Wolf said the new center should see about 200 people a day — or 500 to 700 if a tournament is played.

But only about 50 people a day — mostly senior citizens using the center’s weight training area and walking — have been using the place.

“But we’re going to start playing volleyball next week,” Wolf said. “And, when things open back up, we’re going to have adult soccer indoors. We’re going to offer rugby and lacrosse. We’re ready to do anything.”

Wolf listed renovation projects down the road, including an elevator, locker and shower rooms and courts for the center’s members to play basketball, volleyball and pickleball while tournaments run on the other

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