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Campeche is 1st state in Mexico to reach a coronavirus ‘yellow light’

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Campeche is ahead of the rest of Mexico in reaching a coronavirus curve. Photo: Getty

Mexico’s Ministry of Health reported that for the first time since the pandemic began, one state has reached the “yellow light.”

Yucatan’s neighboring state, Campeche, has been classified as a medium or moderate-risk area. While Yucatan is in “orange,” Campeche is a step ahead in the federal red-orange-yellow-green “traffic light” system of ranking health risks and allowing economic reopening.

New infections in Campeche, one of Mexico’s least populated states, have fallen to around 20 per day or fewer over the last week. Since the pandemic began, the state of 900,000 inhabitants has seen just over 5,000 confirmed cases and 646 deaths. The moderate-risk rating will allow more Campeche businesses to reopen.

Of the remaining states, 25 will continue under an orange high-risk designation and six have a red-level maximum-risk designation, with tighter restrictions on businesses

Nationally, Mexico on Friday listed 511,369 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5,618 more than the day before. Those numbers are considered to be significant undercounts due to very limited testing. Another 615 died to reach 55,908 fatalities.

National hospital occupancy is at 39%, and critical-care units are filled to 66% on average.

Colima has the highest hospital occupancy in both general and critical-care beds with 66% and 58% respectively. For overall hospital occupancy, Nuevo León follows at 64% and Nayarit at 62%. Nuevo Léon is in second place for critical-care occupancy, at 51%, followed by Yucatan at 48%.

Mexico’s point man for the coronavirus pandemic said Friday that he thinks the country reached its peak of infections.

“We have now had a maximum point in the curve,” said Health Undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell had previously wrongly predicted that infections would peak in May and June.

But he also predicted that second waves of infections would continue occurring around the world for some time.

“This is a phenomenon that is going to be with us in the whole world for several years,” he said.

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