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Coronavirus cases in Yucatán continue decline, recoveries up

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Daily coronavirus infections dropped by nearly 30 last week, and by 50 compared to a month ago, Yucatán health ministry data indicates.

There are 491 fewer patients in public hospitals or under home quarantine than a week ago, the data also shows.

September was a rough month for medical personnel hoping to contain COVID in Yucatán. A summer surge culminated in as many as 287 daily new cases, on average, by the second week of the month. A gradual decline brought that number down to 230.7 for the week ending Saturday.

A lagging indicator, deaths have remained basically unchanged at around 15 a day.

Public hospitalizations, another data point that officials consider crucial, were at 197 on Saturday. That is nearly 100 fewer beds taken than a month ago. Private hospital numbers have not been available.

Home quarantines have been ending rapidly since Oct. 2. According to Yucatán health ministry numbers, 500 patients with mild symptoms recovered between then and Saturday.

In the same timeframe, recoveries have outnumbered new infections on a daily basis. On Saturday, for example, 208 new cases were found and 308 patients were given a clean bill of health.

Yucatán, which recently went from orange to yellow alert, continues its vaccination campaign this week. Residents in their 30s, living in Tizimín and Uman, will receive their second dose of AstraZeneca starting Monday.

Yellow is the second-least restrictive level of alert. It has allowed hotels to book rooms at full occupancy and restaurants to stay open later. Already, schools began with in-person classes with unvaccinated but masked students.

Saturday’s announcement was followed by a broadcast from Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal who heralded the arrival of a Disney cruise ship on Christmas Eve as part of the state’s economic reactivation.

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