October 21, 2020

Sinaloa State prepares to attend second case of COVID-19 in Mexico



The northern Mexican state of Sinaloa is preparing to attend the second probable case of coronavirus in the country, after a person tested positive for a first test and is related to the case already confirmed in Mexico City.

In a press conference, Dr. Efrén Encinas, secretary of health of the state of Sinaloa, confirmed that the suspected case of COVID-19 in the city of Culiacán, capital of the state, and said it will be in the next few hours when it will finally be confirmed.

“He has a mild symptomatology, has a little fever and headache,” said the official who said that all protocols are followed to monitor the case.

Similarly, he said that although the alleged infected is accompanied, his companion is asymptomatic “but is under surveillance.”

He explained that this case is related to the positive case that occurred in Mexico City, since both people were in a congress in northern Italy and said that this person was in Culiacán to give a conference related to their work.

At the moment, he said, the patient is isolated in the hotel where he was staying and has not had contact with other people.

He said the state health authorities work together with the immigration authorities and the airline in which the 41-year-old man traveled to look for other suspicious cases in the passengers on the flight that this person boarded.

He said that the state has the infrastructure to mitigate and control the situation and for the moment there will be no restrictive measures such as mass meetings, school or social activities.

“We have isolation rooms, fans if necessary. We have a resolution capacity to handle these types of cases,” he said.

However, he recommended that if there are flu symptoms, it is best to stay home and asked for no panic or rumor.

On Friday morning, Mexican authorities confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, which became the second one detected in Latin America, after the one reported in Brazil.

Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion, said the positive belongs to a 35-year-old man in Mexico City, hospitalized at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER).

At the time of the announcement of the first case in Mexico, 82,294 cases of this disease and 2,804 deaths had been reported worldwide, with a lethality rate of 3.41% worldwide.

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