NEW MADRID, Mexico — The city of New Madrid is shutting down to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, the city’s mayor announced Thursday.
The city of 1.8 million residents in southern Mexico City, a major commercial hub, is under a state of emergency declared by President Enrique Peña Nieto following the coronaveal disease coronaviral disease.
The lockdown will take effect at 7 p.m.
ET on Saturday and last until at least midnight on Sunday, said Mayor Eduardo Guzmán.
He did not give a specific time frame for the curfew.
The curfew is to take effect from noon to midnight on Saturday.
Guzfán said there were no other restrictions on the city and that anyone could walk to the city center from any city-owned business, which is a major artery for tourists.
“We have not closed any businesses,” Guzmar said.
“The only restrictions that are being imposed are on the road to the downtown and the road from the city to the suburbs, the highways.”
I cannot say the exact number of people that will be affected,” he added.
Guzmar did not explain the reason behind the curfew, which has caused chaos and confusion among tourists and locals alike.
In an attempt to calm the situation, Guzmunan said he is calling on everyone to cooperate with the authorities and that the city will continue to operate under the curfew until the end of the curfew on Saturday, at which point it will be lifted.
He also said the city is working to provide all services and provide free transportation to its residents, which would not only provide residents with a safety net but would also be a way for them to take advantage of the holiday season.
New Madrid, a tourist-friendly city with its medieval architecture, has a population of just over 1.2 million people, a lower rate than the world average of about 3.2.
In contrast, Mexico City has a total population of about 4.5 million, according to the United Nations World Health Organization.
Mexico’s president has declared a state for three days to control the spread and the spread to other cities and towns.
The president has said it will not stop until there is a total shutdown of Mexico.
New Mexico has the most deaths in the country, at 4,948, compared to 6,917 in the United States.