Mexico reaches 1,215 COVID-19 infections with 121 new cases

Mexico reached 1,215 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 121 new ones compared to 1,094 the previous day, and 29 deaths, one more than the last report, the country's health authorities reported.

The general director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, said that the health authorities have registered 3,511 suspected cases of the disease, when presenting the technical report of the Coronavirus epidemic.

The figure of 1,215 confirmed cases represents an increase of around 11% compared to the 1,094 presented on March 30.

Alomía explained that another 6,282 cases have been discarded from a total universe of 11,008 people that have been reviewed since the first case of COVID-19 in Mexico was registered on February 27.

The State of Mexico and the Mexican capital, the most populous entities in the country, accumulate the majority of confirmed cases with 254 and 149, respectively, according to the technical information presented.

A total of 167 people, of the 1,215 confirmed infections, have required hospital treatment, among them 5% had severe symptoms and 1% were intubated as they had a higher risk.

The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) announced a program to make it easier for high-risk and chronically ill people to limit their visit to clinics for their treatments and to stay home.

To do this, patients will receive a consultation every three months and they will be given prescriptions for medications that a messenger who does not have the risk as high as the patient will be able to collect every month.

The doctor Gustavo Reyes Terán, of the Coordinating Commission of National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals, announced that clinical trials will be carried out in the country with medications that are potentially effective against the coronavirus, its replication symptoms or to avoid the severity of the patient .

These drugs are Remdisivir, Hydroxychloroquine, the same combined with Azathioprine, Tocilizumab, an antibody that acts to prevent systemic inflation that damages tissues, mainly lung.

And finally the so-called plasmapheresis, which is the obtaining of plasma from patients who healed to transfer it to patients with COVID.

These protocols are in completion of legal procedures under the medical principle of not harming anyone and for this a protocol must be written, submitted to ethics and biosafety committees, before being supplied to patients, Reyes Terán explained.

The General Health Council, the highest health authority in Mexico, decided this Monday to extend the suspension of public, private and social activities from April 19 to April 30, in order to mitigate the expansion of the coronavirus.

Activities of the health system, public safety and citizen protection, necessary to maintain the country's critical infrastructure, government social programs and commercial activities of the industry, remain essential.


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