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2 more deaths bring Yucatan coronavirus deaths to 68

Rights commission forces Uman mayor to lift 9 p.m. curfew

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Yucatan health authorities reported Saturday that 37 new infections were detected in the last 24 hours, in addition to two more deaths from COVID-19.

Both fatal victims were relatively young. A 56-year-old Conkal woman with a history of hypertension perished, as did a 59-year-old Uman man with hypertension and chronic kidney failure. One of the people he lived with also has mild symptoms of what could be the virus.

That brings Yucatan’s death toll to 68, including 25 in the last seven days. The state has seen 798 confirmed coronavirus patients, of whom 434 recovered, including 33 more on Friday. Another 206 people are in stable condition and recovering at home, but 90 more have been hospitalized, with 10 more admitted in the last 24 hours.

The patients range from 1 to 94 years old.

Forced to lift curfew, mayor says ‘God bless’

In Uman, the mayor has lifted a 9 p.m. curfew after apparent pressure from the Yucatan Human Rights Commission.

But Mayor Fredy Ruz Guzmán asked the public to be aware of coronavirus dangers, to stay at home, “and that God bless everyone.”

In a video on social networks, Ruz Guzmán announced that the curfew will no longer be enforced because, according to the commission, the free movement of citizens cannot be impeded.

He said he was also threatened with removal from office.

Last week Ruz Guzmán unveiled new preventive measures against COVID-19, including the curfew. Anyone on the street without justification could be arrested and jailed for 24 hours. Parents of minors out for no good reason could also be held.

As of today, there were 37 positive cases of Covid-19, including at least two deaths, in the city — the third most in Yucatan after Merida and Valladolid.

At that rate, taking into account that people continue to leave their homes and throw parties, soon “all of Uman will be infected and there will be no hospitals for anyone,” the mayor lamented.

Sources: Diario de Yucatan, Sipse

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