76% of Mérida businesses register cases of COVID-19 among employees

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CCE Yucatan President Fernando Ponce Díaz pointed out that those infected who request sick leave due to contagion are generally absent between 10 and 15 days, and this shows that companies are adhering to medical protocol.

(MERIDA, YUC. – CCE), January 21, 2022.- Due to coronavirus infections among its employees, 47 percent of the companies affiliated with the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) Mérida have had problems operating, assured Fernando Ponce Díaz, president of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) of Yucatan.

He said it would be risky to give a figure on the economic effects, but recognized as serious the impact caused by the new omicron variant.

He indicated that the issue of health has been taken seriously not only in Coparmex but also in the CCE, for which a survey was commissioned from the Strategic Observatory of Yucatan to measure the problem.

This absenteeism has caused problems or difficulties to operate normally and has represented a challenge for almost half of the companies.

Ponce Díaz explained that absenteeism hinders operations and this impacts business productivity, because to achieve this, adequate and trained people are needed, but it is not easily achieved; This is putting a lot of businesses in trouble getting ahead.

He affirmed that many companies apply tests in private medical institutions to have greater speed both in their preparation and in their results and thus make decisions based on them.

He indicated that the situation of infections is complicated and more so if it is pointed out that the peak has not yet been reached, which is expected to be reached in the next two weeks; that is to say, that the cases will continue to increase and the wave will last until the beginning of March, a worrying situation for the Yucatecan business community.

He considered it an advantage that the number of hospitalized has not increased at the same rate as COVID infections.

He urged to maintain care to prevent the virus from spreading further and slow down the economic recovery and jobs. He reiterated his request to remove mass events.

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