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4 women are latest to die from COVID-19 in Yucatan

40 new infections, and 36 recoveries in the past 24 hours

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Yucatan health authorities announced 40 new coronavirus infections, and four COVID-19 deaths, in the past 24 hours.

Another 36 patients were declared recovered, officials said at the Health Ministry’s evening briefing.

All the fatalities were women, notable since men appear to be slightly more vulnerable to the disease.

Two Merida women, one 70 and with a history of diabetes and hypertension, and 62-year-old with a pre-existing obesity condition, perished. The latter lived with her husband, who was also infected.

Two other women also died: a 76-year-old in Valladolid, with diabetes and hypertension; and a 70-year-old resident of Cepeda, in the town of Halachó.

Yucatan has recorded 57 deaths since April 3 and 696 confirmed infections since mid-March. Of those, 358 have recovered and 199 patients are stable with only mild symptoms. They are under quarantine in their homes, monitored by health personnel.

Hospitalizations total 82, four fewer than 24 hours earlier.

The age range of the patients is from 1 to 94 years. The Yucatecan woman who was infected and diagnosed in Canada, and not part of the local tally, remains hospitalized.

Nine municipalities in Yucatan comprise 84 percent of the state’s cases: Merida, Valladolid, Uman, Hunucmá, Kanasín, Ticul, Tekax, Mama and Maxcanú.

In neighboring Quintana Roo, COVID-19 deaths increased by 13 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 157 at noon today. Cancun has had the most fatalities, with 119, since the crisis began.

The Quintana Roo Health Ministry has reported an accumulated 979 coronavirus cases.

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