The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Health, estimated this Wednesday that there are more than 26,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country.
In the presentation of the technical report every day, the Ministry of Health reported that the death toll in Mexico rose to 174 due to the coronavirus and that of confirmed cases to 3,181.
But the undersecretary of Prevention and Promotion of the Health, Hugo López-Gatell, said that number was a “sampling” and estimated that “the epidemic is eight times bigger than what you see.”
He said that this situation “does not change the public policies” adopted by the Mexican Government, such as keeping its citizens at home, Sana Distancia and other preventive measures.
“We estimate some 26,519 cases,” López-Gatell said at a press conference when explaining the sentinel model, which was adopted by Mexico for the evaluation of the epidemic and developed by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
He said that the aforementioned model “allows us to have knowledge of how the epidemic behaves and how control and prevention decisions are made and, at the same time, to assume reality as it is.”
The official explained that for each confirmed case that they are certain “how many there are that I did not see and those are finally the 26,519 cases.”
To explain the figure, he said that there are other cases “that did not come to consultation, but these methods allow us to say, with reasonable certainty, that there are these (26,519).”
López-Gatell explained that the people who can be directly observed, “represent 12 others who did not go to the clinic, who had no symptoms or who were not identified by their doctor.”
In the last 24 hours, the number of deaths increased by 33 and that of new confirmed cases reached almost 400 (396), the highest number since the first case was presented in Mexico on February 27.
Given these data, the director general of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, noted that the number of cases and deaths “show a clear upward trend.”
Meanwhile, López-Gatell reiterated that “the epidemic is in an ascending phase; we are not going to stop the disease, we are only going to be able to reduce it if we stay at home.”
Until April 30, in Mexico, the health authorities ordered the closure of schools, temporary suspension of activities, restriction of mass meetings, specific protection measures for people most vulnerable risk, which are the elderly, pregnant women and people with diseases Chronicles.