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Infected and economic losses: Jalisco faces the worst of the coronavirus

The entity with little more than eight million inhabitants adds 64 deaths and 1,044 confirmed cases of contagion of the new coronavirus (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)
The entity with little more than eight million inhabitants adds 64 deaths and 1,044 confirmed cases of contagion of the new coronavirus (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

The COVID-19 pandemic in the western Mexican state of Jalisco has left large economic losses but minimal human losses, after two months of compulsory social isolation to stop the incidence of contagion of this disease.

When social isolation began in most of the country on March 30 after the federal declaration of a health emergency, Jalisco residents had already been confined for two weeks at home and non-essential companies had closed their doors indefinitely.

After two months of isolation the entity with just over eight million inhabitants adds 64 deaths and 1,044 confirmed cases of contagion of the new coronavirus -of which only 747 appear in the daily report of the federal government-

In counterpart only in April, the state lost 25,566 permanent jobs and 12,579 temporary ones, according to figures from the Jalisco government, one of the country's economic engines.

Business, restaurant, and store owners have made every effort to keep their businesses afloat and continue to pay your employees wages.

THE MYTHICAL HOTEL FÉNIX

The establishment closed its doors almost entirely due to the contingency. In mid-April, he decided to sell tamales to save the basic expenses of his company. (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

The establishment closed its doors almost entirely due to the contingency. In mid-April, he decided to sell tamales to save the basic expenses of his company. (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

Felipe Ríos is administrator of the Fénix hotel, one of the oldest in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco.

The establishment closed its doors almost entirely due to the contingency. Mid-april, decided to sell tamales to save the basic expenses of his company.

"We closed the hotel in 85% of the inventory, and that implies the loss of income with very high costs, what we did was look for something to sell to cover the priority which is to maintain the source of work, there are 80 collaborators on whom 400 people depend that we have to take care of, "he told Efe this Saturday.

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Dedicated to this new activity implied that the workforce left aside the sheets and towels, cleaning supplies and suitcases, to knead corn, prepare stews, wrap the mixture in corn leaves and deliver the orders to your home.

In a little less than a month they have produced more than 76,000 tamales, which has allowed them to have the flow of money to cover their expenses, but Ríos knows that once the hotel reopens, it will have to face a more serious economic situation than the one caused by the H1N1 epidemic in 2009.

"I would like to be optimistic and say that if we open in June we are going to fill the hotel. The crisis of 2009 and the real estate company made us go back 5 years in the capture of income and this contingency is worse for being worldwide. There will be a lot of fear for traveling and changes in travel habits, it will be difficult, I don't see an easy panorama, "he said.

FOOD AT HOME TO SUBSIST

Alan Mora Becerra produces bags that are exported and sold in prestigious clothing stores (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

Alan Mora Becerra produces bags that are exported and sold in prestigious clothing stores (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

On social media hundreds of people offer services or food preparation in exchange for basic foods, after losing his job.

Artisans from the municipality of Tonalá took to the streets to offer their typical products in exchange for food, because their activity is considered non-essential and they do not have permission to sell.

A group of restaurant owners created the campaign "No one here thunders (bankruptcy)" With which they intend to promote the consumption of local products to prevent small and medium-sized companies, which represent up to 80% of the businesses in the food industry in Jalisco, from succumbing to the economic crisis.

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Alan Mora Becerra produces bags that are exported and sold in prestigious clothing stores. Since March, after the compulsory closure of his factory, he looked for a different way of subsisting and began to make face masks.

In order to cover demand, it joined forces with 16 other shoe and fashion factories that were about to go into debt or permanently close their doors (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

In order to cover demand, it joined forces with 16 other shoe and fashion factories that were about to go into debt or permanently close their doors (Photo: EFE / Francisco Guasco)

"It was an act of despair, knowing that we had very hard things to do like closing our company and firing our collaborators. 80% of our production is done in Jalisco prisons that were totally isolated and we had no way to produce. We decided that in order to keep the company afloat there was a possibility of making face masks, "he said.

In order to meet demand, it partnered with 16 other shoe and fashion factories that were about to get into debt or close their doors permanently. With this initiative they managed to save 250 jobs.

Mora Becerra affirms that they will remain in this area once the compulsory isolation has been completed and will seek to create a catalog of local factories to promote their work and that they can better survive the coming economic crisis.

EFE

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