Mexico registered its day of most deaths and infections by COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 501 and 3,455 respectively, accumulating 8,134 deaths and 74,560 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the country’s health authorities.
New infections and deaths from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus represent the highest figures for a single day, since the first case was reported on February 28 and the first death on March 13.
The accumulated cases reached 74,560 today from the 71,105 of the previous day, which supposed an increase of 4.9%, explained the director of Epidemiology of Mexico, José Luis Alomía, when presenting the technical report in the National Palace.
There are currently 14,718 active cases in the country, which presented symptoms in the last 14 days and represent a fifth of the accumulated cases, explained Alomía.
Deaths caused by COVID-19 increased by 6.5% in the last 24 hours, since 7,633 were registered on Monday and 8,134 on Tuesday.
Additionally, the authorities reported the registration of 716 suspected coronavirus deaths, which are awaiting laboratory results to be confirmed or ruled out.
They also indicated that the registry of 31,878 accumulated suspicious cases and of 128,691 with a negative test result is part of a universe of 235,129 people studied since the beginning of the pandemic.
On whether the deaths and contagions of the last day can show a kind of peak or plateau, the Mexican undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, asked “not to have the expectation that at some point the epidemic will go down on the whole”.
In this sense, he explained that, due to its territorial extension and population density, in Mexico “there is not a single pandemic (…) we begin to see signs of reduction in some states, but in others it will continue to rise.”
In the morning, López-Gatell highlighted that mortality from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has already stabilized in the country and reiterated that the contagion curve has flattened.
The senior official said that, according to the death record in the past week, “there has been stability in mortality” nationwide.
Hospital occupancy reported by the Mexican authorities reached 39% in the so-called general beds and 34% in those with ventilators, reserved for patients who must be intubated.
In the last day, the state of Guerrero has positioned itself as the one with the highest occupancy of beds for COVID-19 patients in the country, ahead of Mexico City, the State of Mexico and that of Tabasco.
Hypertension, diabetes and obesity are the most frequent collateral diseases in deaths from COVID-19 in Mexico.
Mexico is preparing to lift, from June 1, interpersonal distancing measures and others to contain the epidemic, such as the suspension of activities in various branches of industry, such as the automotive sector.