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    News and Coronavirus Update:
    • Booster vaccines for 50+ in SMA start today.
    • U.S. to require COVID vaccines for essential workers crossing borders.
    • Municipal government erases mural of Chilean artists.
    • New vehicles for SMA government.
    • Benito Juárez Park receives a change of color.
    • Neighbors affected by fire in SMA demonstrate.
    • Firefighters request support.
    • Transit women ask for support and denounce harassment.
    • What time is it? Listen, the clock is almost ringing.
    • Finishing the work of the UNAM SMA, starting in February.
    • Special section: Omicron and Covid.
      • 5,000 to 9,000 active cases in SMA?
      • Sputnik V shows higher Omicron-antibody levels than Pfizer in preliminary study.
      • 800 doctors test positive for Covid-19 during fourth wave of infections.
      • GTO: 38 of 39 tested Covid-19 cases were Omicron.
      • Lack of COVID restrictions makes Tulum paradise for international visitors.
      • San Miguel Omicron Update.
      • Coronavirus in Mexico as of January 20: 50,373 infections and 278 deaths.
      • The correct way to use double face masks.
      • Cheap version of Merck COVID pill to be made for poorer nations.
    • SMA commemorates the birth of Ignacio Allende.
    • Say cheese!

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    For current vaccination locations in SMA:
    Vaccination Points Select San Miguel de Allende, enter age of person to be vaccinated, then click 'Buscar puntos de vacunación' (Find vaccination points).

    You can also now register for a booster shot (if 40 or older) at this same site How to register for the Covid Vaccine in Mexico - Now Open for 15 and older (on January 15, 2022) and 12 or older with a comorbidity.

    How to Get Your Official Vaccination Certificate and Submit Corrections.

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    Booster vaccines arrive for the age group of 50 to 59 years.
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    Guanajuato, GTO. January 20, 2022.- Daniel Díaz, secretary of health, informs that tomorrow the vaccination of the third booster dose for the age group of 50 to 59 years will begin, with 372 thousand doses for this age group.
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) | English.
    Published by Noticias Con Valor at January 20, 2022 4:41 pm.

    50+ BOOSTERS!
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    Starting Friday, January 21 through Saturday January 22, the vaccination booster brigade for all people 50+ who have already received their full scheme will begin in municipalities across Guanajuanto.
    For San Miguel de Allende, the location is Municipal Sports Unit (Exit to Celaya Kilometer 1.5).
    Covid-19 SMA.
    (There has been some location schedule shuffling. Click the link for more information and updates.)

    U.S. to require COVID vaccines for essential workers crossing borders.
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    WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is announcing Thursday it is requiring that non-U.S. essential workers such as truck drivers and nurses who are crossing land borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, effective Saturday. ...

    Starting Saturday DHS "will require that non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals along our Northern and Southern borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and prepared to show related proof of vaccination," said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
    Reuters
    Published by Reuters at January 20, 2022 8:15 pm.

    Municipal government erases mural of Chilean artists.
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    San Miguel de Allende, Gto., January 20, 2022. – This week a mural located in the IMAJSMA offices was removed. It had been created in 2021 by Chilean artists Juana Pérez and Nadia Eney who traveled to Mexico with their own means.
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) | English.
    Published by Noticias Con Valor at January 20, 2022 10:03 pm.

    Directorate of Public Safety, Traffic and Civil Protection launches vehicle park.
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    San Miguel de Allende. To strengthen the response capacity to citizen reports, the Municipal Government received the new vehicle equipment for the Ministry of Public Security, it is 44 vehicles (20 motorcycles, 20 razers and 4 trucks).
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) | English.
    Published by Noticias Con Valor at January 20, 2022 8:41 pm.

    Benito Juárez Park receives a change of color.
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    By Fernanda Morales. After a controversial issue that was on the lips of all Sanmiguelenses, in the morning the Municipal President Mauricio Trejo got up early to take a walk around Benito Juárez Park with the director of Heritage, Emilio Lara, and they uploaded a video explaining this change of color and assuring that yellow is just the base.
    TV Independencia (sp) | English.
    Published by TV Independencia at January 20, 2022 8:13 pm.

    Neighbors affected by fire in San Miguel de Allende demonstrate.
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    Mr. Alejandro Loaiza is the legal representative of those affected by this fire and he commented that "from the first moment that a fire broke out, an investigation folder was created by the prosecutor's office, right now we continue with the interviews and making the complaints by the damage, expert reports have already been carried out to determine what caused the fire".
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) | English.
    Published by El Sol de Bajio at January 20, 2022 7:19 pm.

    Firefighters request support from the municipality of San Miguel de Allende.
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    Among the requests that were delivered to the councilors are to resume the subsidy granted by the municipal government and it is expected to be retroactive to the beginning of this administration.
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) | English.
    Published by El Sol de Bajio at January 20, 2022 6:30 pm.

    The Fire Department changes patronage.
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    We ask for the support of the public in requesting transparency of our corresponding authorities.
    Atención San Miguel
    Published by Atención San Miguel at January 20, 2022 10:03 am.

    Transit women ask for support and denounce harassment by the Director of Personnel of the Police Station.
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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE.- Women assigned to Municipal Transit denounced to NEWS the alleged harassment they suffer from the person who is currently in charge of the corporation's personnel.
    News San Miguel (sp) | English.
    Published by News San Miguel at January 20, 2022 1:20 pm.

    What time is it? Listen, the clock is almost ringing.
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    San Miguel people know what time it is after hearing the ringing of bells ...
    Atención San Miguel
    Published by Atención San Miguel at January 20, 2022 11:35 am.
    GW: Really? I didn't know this.

    SICOM confirms that a company from the Capital will finish the work of the UNAM SMA, starting in February.
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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE. – The SICOM confirms that the Constructora y Edificadora Guanajuatense, SA de CV, a company located in the State Capital, will be in charge of finishing the work of the UNAM Extension San Miguel de Allende.
    News San Miguel (sp) | English.
    Published by News San Miguel at January 20, 2022 9:14 am.

    Happenings.
    • 15% Property Tax (Predial) Discount in January.
    • Historical Walking Tour from Patronato Pro Niños Jan 21.
    • Ruben Morales: Looking Back Jan 22.
    • Saturday Chess Jan 22.
    • TOSMA Organic Market Jan 22.
    • Los Frailes/La Cañada Community Bazaar Jan 22.
    • Lamb for sale, plus much more Jan 22.
    • Come join us to celebrate International Watercolor Day! Jan 23.
    • Honoring the Past. Building the Future Jan 23.
    • Inside the Tales: Poetry Readings Hosted by Judyth Hill | FREE Jan 23.
    For more see: Today's Upcoming Activities and Events.

    Special section: Omicron and Covid.

    Coronavirus Dashboard.
    The local SMA official numbers have historically represented about 5% to 10% of the actual cases. Applying the UNAM Estimated Active Cases for Mexico to the population of SMA works out to about 5,000 to 9,000 active cases in SMA. (More on this in the full post.)

    Latest Official Daily Changes: *
    • SMA: no new deaths, 50 new cases. (Most new cases since August 27.)
    • GTO: 17 new deaths, 2,110 new cases. (A record number of new cases in one day.)
    • MEX: 278 new deaths, 50,373 new cases. (Down from yesterday's record of 60,552 new cases.)
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    For more see: Today's Coronavirus Dashboard.

    Sputnik V shows higher Omicron-antibody levels than Pfizer in preliminary study.
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    A small preliminary laboratory study has shown that levels of Omicron-neutralising antibodies of people vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine did not decline as much as of those who had Pfizer shots.
    Reuters
    Published by Reuters at January 20, 2022 10:35 am.
    See also: The Lancet: Long-term analysis of antibodies elicited by SPUTNIK V: A prospective cohort study in Tucumán, Argentina.

    800 doctors test positive for Covid-19 during fourth wave of infections.
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    During the entire pandemic, 4,960 doctors have tested positive for Covid-19 in Guanajuato.

    José Martín Cano Martínez, secretary of the National Union of Health Workers in Guanajuato, said that the positive cases of coronavirus among medical personnel have not stopped so far in the fourth wave of infections and highlighted that 800 workers have tested positive for Covid-19.

    He stated that the medical personnel who have tested positive for Covid-19 have not had health complications because most of them are already vaccinated against the disease and said that they have chosen to grant them seven days of disability so that they can later return to their work activities.
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) | English.
    Published by El Sol de Bajio at January 20, 2022 4:06 pm.

    GTO: 38 of 39 tested Covid-19 cases were Omicron.
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    Of 39 Covid-19 tests that have been applied in Guanajuato during this week, 38 have been positive for the Omicron variant, reported the Guanajuato Ministry of Health.

    The state authorities announced that the unit received from the National Institute of Epidemiological Reference a kit for the monitoring and detection of positive cases of the Ómicron variant. ...

    In the last 24 hours, 17 Guanajuato residents died from coronavirus, of which 14 were not vaccinated against Covid-19 and with which the state already has 14,067 deaths.
    El Sol de Bajio (sp) | English.
    Published by El Sol de Bajio at January 20, 2022 3:26 pm.

    Lack of COVID restrictions makes Tulum paradise for international visitors.
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    The hip beach town south of Cancún continues to attract large numbers of young foreign tourists amid the ongoing pandemic.
    Mexico News Daily
    Published by Mexico News Daily at January 20, 2022 12:27 pm.

    San Miguel Omicron Update.
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    By Carola Rico. A new restriction of activities due to an increase in by Covid-19 infections or the Omicron variant would generate chaos and an economic crisis that would be difficult to overcome.
    Atención San Miguel
    Published by Atención San Miguel at January 20, 2022 8:30 am.

    Coronavirus in Mexico as of January 20: 50 thousand 373 infections and 278 deaths were registered in the last day.
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    At the cutoff of 5:00 p.m., the Ministry of Health announced that in Mexico there are 4 million 545 thousand 683 active cases reported for the coronavirus disease.
    Infobae (sp) | English.
    Published by Infobae at January 20, 2022 5:56 pm.

    The correct way to use double face masks to increase protection against COVID, according to UNAM.
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    Given the high contagiousness of Ómicron, some people have chosen to wear a double face mask for greater protection against COVID-19.
    Infobae (sp) | English.
    Published by Infobae at January 20, 2022 11:44 am.

    Cheap version of Merck COVID pill to be made for poorer nations.
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    However, there are questions about molnupiravir which has shown low efficacy in trials and has raised concerns for side-effects, and lengthy procedures for appovals may delay supplies in many poorer nations for months. ...

    A course of 40 pills for five days is expected to cost about $20 in poorer nations, an MPP official involved in the talks with drugmakers told Reuters, citing initial estimates from drugmakers, which are subject to change.

    That is far below the $700 per course the United States agreed to pay for an initial delivery of 1.7 million courses, but twice as high as first estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO)-backed programme to procure COVID-19 drugs and vaccines for the world.
    Reuters
    Published by Reuters at January 20, 2022 4:55 am.
    GW: $700 per course in the U.S. for a drug that does not work very well from the drug makers that brought us Vioxx.
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    In case you missed it: highlights from yesterday's news.

    Military parade, concert and the CDMX Acrobatic Squad to commemorate the birth of Ignacio Allende.
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    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE.- With a torchlight parade, another military civic, with fewer elements of Sedena and National Guard, a Navy concert, a review and even the poems of the director of Culture, Acacio Martínez, this year 2022, The 253rd anniversary of the birth of the Favorite Son of Guanajuato will be commemorated, ...
    News San Miguel (sp) | English.
    Published by News San Miguel at January 19, 2022 3:01 pm.

    They will carry out a Civic-Military parade in commemoration of the Birth of Ignacio Allende.
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    San Miguel de Allende, Gto., January 19, 2022. Honoring his memory 253 years after his birth, the Municipal Government prepares a tribute to Generalissimo Don Ignacio de Allende y Unzaga. There will be civic act, parade and concert. Through a Cultural Program headed by the Department of Culture and Traditions, it will be remembered during this
    Noticias Con Valor (sp) | English.
    Published by Noticias Con Valor at January 19, 2022 2:51 pm.

    SEDENA and the National Guard arrive to pay tribute to Ignacio Allende and Unzaga.
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    By Gladis Montserrat Padrón Bautista. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. January 18, 2021.- Through a Cultural Program headed by the Directorate of Culture and Traditions, the 253 years of Generalissimo Don Ignacio de Allende y Unzaga will be remembered during this Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21 ...
    TV Independencia (sp) | English.
    Published by TV Independencia at January 19, 2022 7:50 pm.
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    DIY Covid Testing Guide from SMA Covid Screening Team.
    DIY Covid Testing Guide from SMA Covid Screening Team (Joey Merrifield Facebook).
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    COVID-19 Home and Care Guide
    COVID-19 Medical Information for San Miguel de Allende Mexico
    Home and Care Guide
    From the COVID FB SMA page
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    Other Coronavirus News
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    Say cheese!
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