Robert Collins
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  • Authorities are calling on cemeteries to close to public visitors ahead of the Day of the Dead.
  • The November 1-2 celebration combines Catholic rituals and the pre-Hispanic belief that the dead returned from the underworld once a year.

Mexico City (SK) — Mexican authorities are calling on cemeteries to close to public visitors ahead of the Day of the Dead, a celebration that usually draws hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. The November 1-2 celebration combines Catholic rituals and the pre-Hispanic belief that the dead returned from the underworld once a year. Ahead of the holiday, cemeteries will largely remain closed. They could “become areas of high risk for contagion”, said Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell. An outbreak at a posh wedding in Mexicali, Mexico, this month reminded people of the health risk of large gatherings. More than one hundred people of the several hundred guests contracted the virus.

Lopez-Gatell added that COVID-19 hospitalizations have rebounded in recent days, the biggest reversal since the end of July. “We have early signs of an uptick in the pandemic”. Mexico City has warned that tighter curbs may be on their way if an upward trend of hospitalizations remains.

In the rural community of Cuaxomulco, in Tlaxcala, authorities did not want to close the cemetery after there was protest. Lopez-Gatell said another “high-risk opportunity” for infections is the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12. Up to 3 million pilgrims every year go to the Catholic basilica in Mexico City to honor the nation's patron saint.

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