Mexico accumulates 8,772 cases of contagion and 712 deaths from COVID-19

The Mexican health authorities reported on Monday of 511 new cases of COVID-19 with a cumulative of 8,772, and with 712 deaths, 26 more than the previous report.

The number of cases in the last 24 hours represents a 6.2% increase, indicated the director of Epidemiology of the Mexican government, Jose Luis Alomía, when presenting the technical report at the National Palace in Mexico City

Alomía reported that the Mexican capital and the State of Mexico concentrate the highest number of confirmed cases with 2,710 and 901 infections, respectively, followed by the state of Baja California, with 741 positives.

Health authorities recommended keeping people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, as well as pregnant women and those over 60 years of age at home.

The undersecretary of prevention and health promotion, Hugo López, said that the authorities will maintain the measures of healthy distance for "the time that is necessary" and will only be lifted "when there is no risk for the population."

"We are in the maximum speed stage of the epidemic's rise," said López-Gatell, adding that this is the time to emphasize the "stay home" message, because infections are occurring at a faster speed.

The health authorities have extended the healthy distance day until May 30 and also consider the possibility that in some regions they can resume general activity from May 18, "as long as there is good control of the pandemic" .

López-Gatell confirmed that "we are very close" to the declaration of phase 3 of the epidemic in the country, a consideration that depends on several factors, such as the number of cases, the confluence of outbreaks and that transmission begins to occur across the country and cases number in the thousands.

The National Guard of Mexico deployed this Monday to 4,700 of its members in 245 hospitals and 15 warehouses to give protection to both the facilities and medical personnel and for the transfer of supplies during the health emergency.

About 4,000 members guard 100 hospitals of the Mexican Social Security Institute and another 700 are in charge of the security of the 145 hospitals of the Health Institute for Welfare, the National Guard said in a statement.


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