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COVID deaths reach a 10-month high in Yucatán

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An Huhí man in his 30s finally gets his turn to receive a coronavirus vaccine administered by Yucatán health authorities. Photo: Courtesy

More COVID-19 patients in Yucatán died in a single day since early September, health officials said on Tuesday.

The health agency reported 20 deaths and 255 new infections. Daily fatalities were in the single digits until mid-June, following a surge of infections in May.

Nine who perished were under 50. The youngest to die was a 34-year-old man from Conkal. An 88-year-old woman from Ticul was the oldest.

Hospitalizations rose by nine in public facilities while private hospital numbers were undisclosed. Home quarantines declined by 55 to total 2,132.

Average daily infections in Yucatán declined slightly last week, from 264 to 251. Daily fatalities averaged 16.7.

The recovery rate for coronavirus in the state is 85% and over 50,000 infections have been detected in Yucatán since March 2020.

Vaccination began Tuesday in Huhí for residents in their 30’s. People in their 40’s got their second shots in Espita, Río Lagartos, San Felipe and Valladolid.

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