The COVID-19 pandemic It has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in Mexico, a number much higher than the authorities initially estimated in its worst case scenario, and there are no signs that its devastation will end anytime soon.
June 4, the federal undersecretary of health and in charge of Mexico’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hugo Lopez-GatellHe affirmed that the catastrophic scenario for the country would reach 60,000 deaths.
Just over five months later, that figure pales and has become a bitter reminder of the lethality and speed with which the virus it has already taken the lives of more than 100,000 people in the country.
The federal government recognized the first case of COVID-19 in the country on February 27, after weeks of anticipating the devastation that had already been generated in several nations of Asia and Europe. Days later, the different local governments began to implement confinements and special measures to try to stop the advance of the pandemic, whose characteristics made it particularly dangerous for Mexicans and their most frequent comorbidities, such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes.
Mexico became the fourth country in the world to exceed the tragic figure of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, only behind United States, Brazil and India. In addition, more than a million officially detected infected have been registered, although due to the low number of tests carried out in the population, the figure could be much higher.
Social distancing and awareness campaigns for the use of face masks have not been enough to stop the advance of the pandemic.
The reopening of several public spaces after the first confinement in the spring it has been accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
At the end of the tunnel the hope of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with efficiencies of more than 90 percent and to which Mexico could have access relatively soon. But as they come, the battle against COVID-19 still seems very uphill.
High lethality in public hospitals
There is not only a strong contrast between the public and private sectors in terms of mortality, but also between the different health systems of the State: 4.5 out of every 10 patients hospitalized in the IMSS have died, against only 3.1 in hospitals of the Ministry of Health and 1.6 from the private sector.
Infections by age and sex
Most infections are concentrated in those under 45 years of age.
A pandemic that advances without brake
Mexico has been unable to curb the number of active COVID-19 cases since the first official cases of the disease were recorded.
Masks come in many styles and materials, but they generally work the same way. The layers of fibers capture large respiratory droplets and smaller airborne particles known as aerosols, which can carry the coronavirus.
With a latest report of 576 new deaths, the Ministry of Health confirmed this Thursday that, eight and a half months into the epidemic, Mexico reached 100,104 deaths from COVID-19 – an average of 406 deaths a day – and recorded another 4 1,472 infections, with which they have already added one million 19 thousand 543 cases.
173 days after the “new normal”, the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, reported that, given the outbreaks and the increase in cases in various entities of the country, this Thursday there was a meeting with the National Conference of Governors (Conago) for an alert call.
He specified that state governments were exhorted to strengthen health promotion measures and activities in their communities, in order to “detect early people with COVID to be able to save more lives in the epidemic ”, before reaching the hospitals.
He insisted that local governments should seek to further expand the measures of persuasion and not opt for coercive actions, since “they are also health authorities and have a responsibility in their local demographic area.”
Acknowledged that there is an increase in hospitalization of new infected cases and recommended that in large cities, such as the Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, encourage greater citizen participation because “it is more difficult to control the epidemic.”
López-Gatell described as “regrettable” that they are used the figures for deaths and infections as instruments of “political confrontation”, with an “alarmist” purpose or as “publicity”, both in parties and in the media and other sectors.
He opined that, on the other hand, it is “encouraging” that society, “for the most part, has found the information given in the technical reports useful” National Palace, which allows us to “be judged and evaluated.” “Welcome criticism and observation,” he said.
On the other hand, due to the increase in infections in Mexico City, the head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported Thursday that they are already working with the 16 mayors to implement the “Dry Law”, to avoid more parties and break the chain of transmission of the virus.
He indicated that eight of the mayors have taken the decision to advance on the issue, while maintaining the increase in infections.
With information from Víctor Chávez.
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