Halloween being blamed for spike in COVID-19 cases in Tijuana

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Portrait of a woman dressed as “La Llorona” in a pantheon as part of the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration on November 2, 2020 in Tijuana, Mexico. Known as one of the most representative traditions in Mexico, the day of the dead takes place during November 1 and 2 when peole remember those who have died with offerings, family gatherings and vistis to cemeteries. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, massive celebrations are not allowed and graveyards will remain closed this year. (Photo by Francisco Vega/Getty Images)

TIJUANA (Border Report) — The city of Tijuana is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases and health officials are blaming Halloween night revelers for spreading the virus.

State Health Secretary Alonso Pérez Rico said the state is seeing more hospitalizations and people on respirators likely infected after going out to celebrate, something citizens were warned not to do.

On Halloween night, the city’s Avenida Revolucion and other popular areas were packed with thousands of people, many not wearing masks or social distancing.

“The cases that are coming back positive now, people having to be hospitalized, show a change in a trend, where six weeks ago patients were not as mobile,” Pérez Rico said. “We can shut everything down during the winter, have no activities to slow down COVID-19.”

Pérez Rico said the number of patients requiring respirators has doubled in just one month.

He said they are better prepared to handle cases with 163 ventilators and 470 hospital beds now available.

“We have seen consecutive weeks with cases going up, Halloween didn’t help.”

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