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COVID-19 infections continue to decline in Yucatan

50 patients recover while new infections is lowest since mid-March

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The Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de la Península de Yucatán is one of three health facilities in Merida qualified to treat COVID-19 patients. Photo: Flickr

Five deaths and 21 new cases were reported Monday by Yucatan health authorities tracking coronavirus in the state.

The total of new infections is the lowest number since mid-May. Daily deaths connected to coronavirus have ranged between three and six for the past five days. Previously, deaths had reached as many as 11 in a 24-hour period and daily new infections reached 80 as recently as May 21.

Since the crisis began, over 2,000 cases and 258 fatalities related to COVID-19 have officially been counted in Yucatan. The real number is thought to be much higher.

The fact that fewer coronavirus tests came back positive was among the factors in Yucatan partially reopening the economy today. Overall infection rates and the hospitals’ readiness to handle a rush of new patients also figured in.

Of the new cases, 16 were in Mérida, two in Progreso, one in Tekax, one in Umán and one case from out of the area. Active cases include 59 patients quarantined at home with mild symptoms and 144 in the hospital, three fewer than Sunday.

Recoveries reached 1,706, including 50 in the past 24 hours.

A 64-year-old Merida man, who suffered from hypertension and diabetes, perished; as did a 69-year-old Merida man with hypertension; 74-year-old Chicxulub Pueblo woman who suffered from hypertension and obesity; a 75-year-old Kaua woman with hypertension and diabetes and an 80-year-old Merida man with hypertension and diabetes. None of the deceased is thought to have spread the virus to people they lived with.

Doctors holding a briefing Monday implored the public to continue social distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks.

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