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COVID-19 caseload grows by 135 while deaths average nearly 9 a day

10 more die; hospitalizations up by 8

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Yucatan’s coronavirus deaths totaled 62 in the last seven days after 10 fatalities were reported Friday.

Patients died at an average of nearly nine each day. The first week in June, the average daily fatalities were just short of 6.5.

Double-digit new daily infections also started this week. The health ministry’s briefing also announced 135 new infections in the past 24 hours. Four new patients were listed as being from abroad.

Since the crisis began, 3,841 coronavirus cases and 413 deaths have been registered in Yucatan. The real number is certainly much higher because testing is not widespread. Seventy percent of patients have recovered, however. Recoveries have totaled 2,710, including 57 announced Friday.

Of the 135 new cases, 61 are from Mérida; eight are from Umán; seven from Kanasín and Progreso; six from Valladolid; five from Temozón; four from Ticul, Tizimín, and from abroad; three from Acanceh; two from Chapab, Maxcanú, Tecom and Timucuy; and one case each in Baca, Cacalchén, Chichimilá, Dzemul, Dzidzantún, Dzilam González, Huncmá, Ixil, Izamal, Kantunil, Seyé, Suma, Tekax, Tekit, Tetiz, Tixkokob, Tixpéhual and Xocchel.

A 48-year-old Merida woman, who already had hypertension, diabetes and chronic kidney failure, was the youngest to perish. An 85-year-old man from Opichén was the oldest. The average age of the patients who died was 63.

All but the 85-year-old man had pre-existing conditions that potentially complicated treatment. None had contacts who show symptoms of the illness, said Carlos Isaac Hernandez Fuentes, subdirector of public health at the Yucatan Health Ministry, at Friday’s briefing.

Current patients include 488 at home under the supervision from the Health Ministry while hospitals in Merida have admitted 230, including eight more in the past 24 hours.

The patients range in age from one month to 94 years.

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