“In terms of news, it would seem attractive to announce it (the million infections), every time there is a round number,” said López-Gatell
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, considered that whoever Mexico exceed one million infections of COVID-19, it is an “inconsequential” data, which was highlighted by the media.
“In terms of news, it seems attractive to announce it (the million infections), every time there is a round number,” he minimized at a press conference.
The federal Ministry of Health reported this Sunday that the country accumulates one million 6 thousand 522 infections and 98 thousand 542 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic of COVID-19 after adding 3,269 cases and 283 confirmed deaths in the last 24 hours.
He explained that of the more than one million infected it is estimated that only 47 thousand 99 are sick today, that is, 4 percent.
Since the arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Mexico on February 28, 2 million 610 thousand 548 people have been studied and one million 227 thousand 290 have given negative to the diagnostic test.
He specified that hospitals record an occupation of 35 percent of general care beds for respiratory infections and 28 percent of beds with assisted ventilation ventilators for the most serious patients.
The states with the highest occupancy in general beds are Durango (73 percent), Chihuahua (71 percent), Coahuila (68 percent), New Lion (65 percent), Zacatecas (62 percent) and Mexico City (57 percent).
While States with the highest occupancy of fans are Aguascalientes (61 percent), Mexico City (51 percent), Nuevo León (50 percent), Durango (48 percent), Chihuahua (48 percent) and Baja California (42 percent).
López-Gatell explained that 20 of the 32 states in the country are in a stage of “decline in the daily number of COVID-19 cases,” but there are others where spikes in infections are being recorded.
“From week 29, the last week of July, we peaked, then it decreased and now it is increasing, just as we predicted, concurrently with the influenza (flu) season,” he said.
The Ministry of Health has registered outbreaks in Chihuahua, Durango, Mexico City, Coahuila, Aguascalientes, Querétaro and Zacatecas.
Chihuahua Y Durango They have already decreed the red epidemiological traffic light, a name that receives the phase of greatest danger of contagion and the greatest number of economic and social restrictions.
Just Saturday, Ricardo Cortes Alcala, General Director of Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health, called on the media to emphasize the statistics released on the fact that in Mexico more than a million cases will be exceeded COVID-19.
As of November 15, 2020, there are 1,006,522 confirmed # COVID19 cases. 1,227,290 negatives, 98,542 confirmed deaths and 750,190 recovered persons have been registered. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/4fTOG0EiBH
– Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez (@HLGatell) November 16, 2020
According to Johns Hopkins University, Mexico is the eleventh country with the most confirmed infections behind United States, India, Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, Argentina, Colombia and Italy.
Further it is the fourth country in the world with the most deaths, only surpassed by United States, Brazil and the India.
In eight months of the pandemic, COVID-19 has been consolidated as the fourth cause of death in Mexico, behind heart disease, diabetes, and malignant tumors.
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