The death toll in Mexico reached 141 on Tuesday and 2,785 confirmed cases due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, health authorities reported.
The number of new cases registered (346) has been the highest since the first case was presented in this country on February 27.
The authorities indicated that there are 7,526 suspected cases, 15,099 negative, with 25,410 cases studied and most of the deaths have occurred in Mexico City and the states of Sinaloa, Quintana Roo and the State of Mexico.
In addition, they noted that the highest incidence rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants is first in Mexico City (8.02), followed by the state of Quintana Roo (7.83).
“The epidemic curve remains in an upward trend,” said the director general of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, José Luis Alomía Zegarra.
He recalled that of the total cases, 73% have required ambulatory care and 27% have been hospitalized.
Meanwhile, the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, called on people and companies to follow the measures dictated in the emergency to prevent the spread of the disease.
“We call on all people who have not understood the measures to be reported. There are many scientific channels to understand all the decisions that have been made and are carried out,” he said.
He also called on “different companies” that “are not yet synchronized with preventive measures.”
José Ignacio Santos, secretary of the General Health Council, presented the hospital conversion plan to face the pandemic and specified that 250 hospitals, certified public and private, will provide care to potential cases.
He added that among the private hospitals that exist in Mexico they number more than 30,000 beds.
The head of the General Directorate for Health Promotion, Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, presented the guidelines and protocols to face the pandemic and invited the population to visit the Mexican government’s website on the coronavirus to have more information about the disease.
On the protocols that must be carried out to handle the bodies of deceased people, Cortés Alcalá said that “it is practically the same as when a person dies of influenza, as dictated by the Pan American Health Organization / World Organization of the Health (PAHO / WHO) “.
Until April 30, the health authorities ordered the closure of schools, temporary suspension of activities, restriction of mass meetings, specific protection measures for people at the most vulnerable risk, which are the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.