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With eight deaths and 68 new cases in the last 24 hours, COVID-19 continues to spread relentlessly in Yucatan.

The tally of new infections is higher than this week’s daily average of 54 cases, which itself represents a 12.4% increase over the week before.

Of the infections, 43 were detected in Mérida, three each in Akil, Hunucmá, Kanasín and Tekax, two in Valladolid and one each in Acancéh, Calotmul, Chicxulub Pueblo, Hocabá, Huhí, Motul, Oxkutzcab, Progreso, Ticul, Tixcacalcupul and Uman.

Medical experts suspect there are as many as 8,107 coronavirus cases in the state, although the official accumulated count is at 1,452. Since the crisis began, 297 have died while 1,950 people recovered, including 54 in the past 24 hours.

A 35-year-old Merida man who suffered from hypertension and chronic kidney failure was the youngest to perish. One of his contacts has mild symptoms of COVID-19. A 37-year-old Uman man also died, as well as a 42-year-old Peto man, a 53-year-old Merida woman, a 60-year-old Merida woman, a 66-year-old Huhí man, an 82-year-old Merida man and an 83-year-old Merida man, said Yucatan health officials at Saturday’s briefing.

The deceased had preexisting conditions that included obesity, chronic kidney failure, diabetes, COPD or hypertension.

Of the active cases, 69 are quarantined at home with mild cases and hospital care is being administered to 172, three more than Friday, according to information released during the briefing.

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