The Mexican health authorities raised to Thursday the number of deaths from COVID-19 to eight with 585 accumulated infections, 110 new cases, equivalent to 23%, during the last day.
Ana Lucía de la Garza Barroso, director of Epidemiological Operational Research, reported at a press conference that during the last 24 hours, two people from COVID-19 died, raising the death toll from this disease to eight.
The expert pointed out that in the deaths the morbidities in the patients have been important, such as from smoking to liver failure, asthma, obesity and diabetes.
He confirmed that the health authorities have registered 2,156 suspected cases that are about to be confirmed or dismissed, and that a total of 2,965 in the country have been discarded.
90% of the cases continue with outpatient treatment at home and 10% have been treated in hospitals, 19 of them in private facilities.
At the press conference, the doctor Víctor Hugo Borja Aburto, director of Medical Benefits of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), called on Mexicans to stay at home, warning that the country is more vulnerable.
“Mexico is more vulnerable due to diseases and social inequalities,” said the IMSS official, who provides medical care to more than 50% of the country’s population.
Borja pointed out that people who go out on the street do not need to wear masks, because these are only for the sick and the staff who are in contact with suspected or infected people.
“It is not necessary (the masks). Do not go out if you are sick, the main measures of protection against the coronavirus are social containment, hand hygiene and healthy distance,” explained the doctor.
He acknowledged that the IMSS had failures at the beginning of the epidemic in the training of personnel and the delivery of supplies, which generated concern and led the workers of the institution to demonstrate in at least 12 states to demand better measures to confront COVID. -19.
He pointed out that the IMSS will improve the purchase of supplies and the training of personnel, whom he asked to make rational use of the equipment, which is planned to be used only by personnel who come into direct contact with patients or suspected cases of COVID- 19.