3 coronavirus cases detected in Motul

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Three new cases of COVID-19 were found in Motul, city officials announced this morning.

The patients, all women, are between the ages of 20 and 35, said Health Director Wendy Canul Pool.

This brings to 39 the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Yucatan. Another 24 possible cases are under analysis. Statewide, patients range from 17 to 72 years old, and seven of them are considered serious cases, isolated in a designated hospital. A Yucatecan who was tested in Canada before flying home is an additional patient known to authorities. Her case is counted as Canadian in the official tally.

No deaths have been officially reported, despite rumors on social media that one patient died and was classified as a flu victim. In Mexico, 848 cases and 16 deaths are reported.

The governor on Facebook denied rumors that he had contracted the virus, although his counterpart in Tabasco announced that he is in self-isolation with COVID-19.

Residents are still asked to stay at home unless a trip out is absolutely necessary. Supermarkets are still open, as are restaurants, which close by 10. Many that never offered home delivery before are doing it now.

A hotline, 999-200-8489, has been established for anyone in Yucatan who suspects a coronavirus infection has occurred. Possible patients are strongly advised to call this number before attempting to visit a hospital.

The governor asked citizens to stay home, wash hands frequently, and ignore “fake news” by paying attention only to trusted channels of information.

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