Puerto Vallarta News Brief for April 5, 2021 with Axel Sánchez

Over the weekend, three bodies were found near the Rio Cuale just east of the Romantic Zone, near Paso Ancho. Investigators arrived at the scene after receiving a call from a man who discovered the bodies of two women and one man. The bodies were undergoing autopsies to determine the cause of death and to identify the bodies. Read more: https://www.vallartadaily.com/three-bodies-found-in-puerto-vallarta/

This weekend closed the Easter Holidays in Mexico. While Puerto Vallarta experienced an influx of tourists with crowded beaches, the number of people was noticeably smaller than normal during the Semana Santa holidays. Although crowds were much larger than health officials would have hoped and masks and social distancing were rarely observed. The same scenes played out around beaches in Mexico where more than 5 million tourists checked in to hotels around the country. Puerto Vallarta had one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the country with 62.3 percent, compared to the national average of 47.6 percent. Read more: https://www.vallartadaily.com/with-no-care-in-the-world-tourists-hit-the-beaches-in-mexico-over-the-holidays/

Beginning Tuesday, Puerto Vallarta will begin to offer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to older adults in the city who received their first dose in the last days of February. The doses arrive 37 days after the first doses were offered, sixteen days later than Pfizer recommends. The CDC says the maximum amount of time between doses should be no longer than 42 days. It’s recommended that anyone who has received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, attend to their second dose on Tuesday. ​ Read more: https://www.vallartadaily.com/finally-second-doses-of-covid-19-vaccine-will-arrive-in-puerto-vallarta-on-tuesday/

The body of Victoria Salazar was returned to El Salvador after she was killed by police in Tulum. Police kneeled on Victoria’s neck as she screamed that she couldn’t breathe until she died, a scene much like the killing of George Floyd in the United States that sparked months of protest and this week the trial continues for the police officer charged in his death. Four police officers have been charged in Tulum for the death of Victoria Salazar as her family demands justice. Read more: https://www.vallartadaily.com/we-want-justice-salvadoran-woman-killed-in-mexican-police-custody-is-buried/

A woman in Lake Chapala was charged with drugging her children with Clonazepam so that she could enjoy a night out. The woman identified only as ‘Carolina’ prepared food for her children with several doses of the drug. When one of the children noticed the single mother putting the drug in their food, the mother assured the child it was only medication to prevent lice. The children were removed from the home and placed with next of kin relatives. Read more: https://www.vallartadaily.com/jalisco-single-mom-desperate-for-fun-drugs-her-two-children-to-enjoy-a-night-out/