COVID-19 death rate continues to rise in Yucatán

Daily infections jump from 70 to 122

City workers in hazmat suits have become a common sight in Mérida's downtown. Photo: File
City workers in hazmat suits have become a common sight in Mérida’s downtown. Photo: File

The COVID-19 death rate continue to rise in Yucatán.

In January, 253 people in Yucatán lost their lives due to COVID-19, elevating the total to 3,156.

January also brought with it 3,533 new infections, which account for 11.7% of the total infections documented in the state. 

The total death rate has also worsened, going from nine deaths per every 100 in December, to 10.9 deaths per every 100 in January.

The first COVID-19 infection in Yucatán was registered March 13, 2020, while the first death was reported in early April. 

In an attempt to slow down the virus, Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal has instituted further restrictions such as 5,000-peso fines for drivers apprehended on the road past 11:30 p.m., and the closure of beaches and boardwalks. 

According to data provided by Yucatán’s health authority, the number of deaths in the state are slightly above the national per capita average but are by no means close to being the worst in the country. 

On Wednesday, hospitalizations dropped by 15 to reach 200, but daily infections jumped from 70 to 122. Ten men between 50 and 99 died while battling COVID-19.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.