The Mexican health authorities reported 118 new COVID-19 infections this Friday to accumulate 1,688 confirmed cases with 60 deaths, ten more deaths in the last 24 hours.
José Luis Alomía Zegarra, general director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, specified in a press conference in Mexico City that the trend in the increase of infected people has been maintained in a similar way throughout the week in the country.
“Today, 178 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the statistic to 1,688, with 5,398 suspects, and the number of negative cases also rose to 8,602,” explained Alomía Zegarra.
The expert explained that since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported on March 27, a total of 15,688 people have been reviewed, including negatives, suspects and confirmed.
Among the deaths, Alomía Zegarra explained that the majority of cases have been registered at advanced ages above 60 years and with morbidities such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.
The undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, called on society to be aware of what is being done with mitigation measures in order to be successful in combating the pandemic.
“The government guides, but society is the one that applies the measures in order to reduce the impact of the most serious pandemics in the last 100 years,” he said.
He recalled that with these mitigation measures, which will be in force until April 30, “we have sought the most appropriate balance between the need to restrict people’s freedom of movement, but aware that this can affect society.”
Among these measures, the 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.