Daily coronavirus cases inched up for a fifth straight day, rising from 45 to 92, Yucatan health officials announced. Overall infections counted since March exceeded 23,000.
Weekly averages have been in the 60s for three weeks, but a rebound has apparently taken hold since the end of last week. On Friday, daily cases jumped by 28 to hit 73, and then by another seven infections Friday for a total of 80. By Saturday 82 more infections were reported.
Eight deaths were also reported Monday, including a man who was just 30.
Among active cases, 581 patients are stable and at home while hospitals are caring for 134, two fewer than the day before, health officials said.
New infections included 65 in Mérida, seven in Valladolid, five in Ticul, two in Umán and in Acanceh, Akil, Espita, Hocabá, Hunucmá, Motul, Oxkutzcab, Progreso, San Felipe, Temozón, Tinum and Tunkás. One person from outside either the state or country was also found to be infected.
In Mérida, 13,436 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus. The north has counted 3,820 cases; 3,850 in the east; 1,288 within the central area roughly defined by the Circuito Colonias; 1,777 in the south; and 2,701 in the west.
Fatalities included three women and five men ranging in age from 30 to 86. All but one had comorbidities such as asthma, obesity and COPD, according to the health ministry. Five of the deceased were from Mérida while the other three came from Abalá, Umán and Tunkás.
Since April, 2,657 people in Yucatan have died while battling coronavirus.