82.4 F
Mérida
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
###

Cruise ship passenger brought to Yucatan dies of coronavirus

Latest headlines

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.

Mérida’s new surveillance center now has eyes on over 6,700 cameras

Yucatán's government has opened a new remote surveillance center to oversee the state's thousands of active security cameras. 

600 acres expropriated in Quintana Roo for new Mayan Train route

Mexico has seized 198 lots of land in Quintana Roo along phase 5 of the Mayan Train's path.

Omicron strain now dominant in Yucatán

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 now appears to be the most common form of the virus in Yucatán.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
A British passenger brought ashore by Navy personnel has died in a Merida hospital. Photo: Punto Medio

A British passenger brought ashore from a stranded cruise ship died in a Merida hospital on Friday, the second announced coronavirus death here in one day.

The fatality quickly followed news of Yucatan’s first official death from COVID-19, a man in his mid-30s.

Reporters learned of the passenger’s death from anonymous employees at the Hospital Regional del Alta Especialidad de la Península de Yucatán, where coronavirus patients who require hospitalization are sent.

The cruise ship passenger, 70, was among several who were quietly escorted off the Marella Explorer 2, which was sailing in the Caribbean. Initial reports said four crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. The ship was then turned away from several ports before being accepted in Yucatan on humanitarian grounds.

The state government has already reported the death to the federal authorities and the British Embassy. His widow, a 65-year-old British citizen, also contracted COVID-19, but has mild symptoms and is reportedly in isolation. His death and her treatment here won’t appear on official lists of Yucatecan or Mexican coronavirus deaths or cases because they arrived already infected.

The deceased and his wife are from Berwick, residents of Northumberland, England.

It was not reported until Friday that two Britons were being treated at a hospital in Merida.

The state government says that all the protocols and guidelines established by the World Health Organization and federal authorities were followed.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mérida slated to build nearly 100 new highrise towers

Housing and business developments in Mérida have historically been fairly “close to the ground,” but that seems to be changing.

Yucatán’s COVID hospitalizations begin to creep up

Over 3,000 new coronavirus infections were reported this week in Yucatán. On Sunday alone, 652 new cases were detected, and that's likely...

‘Angels’ spreads its wings to the Yucatán Country Club gallery

The "Angels" exhibit has expanded into the exclusive Yucatán Country Club gallery, on view by appointment. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán wakes up to a cold and windy ‘Mukul’

Mark Callum, a Mérida resident originally from England, helped this Chevy's owner move a huge branch behind the Paseo de Montejo...

Mérida Fest to go forward despite COVID-19 surge

The Ayuntamiento has confirmed that in-person events scheduled for Mérida Fest 2022 will continue as planned.

Building in Yucatán to get even more expensive in 2022

Over the past several years, construction costs in Yucatán have risen sharply and all signs point to even higher prices in 2022..

Yucatán’s top 8 street junk food favorites

Walking through virtually any city or town in Yucatán a wide range of food vendors can be seen peddling goodies out of push carts, mobile stands, food trucks, and just about every other configuration you can think of.

Mexico prepares to begin human trials of its Patria COVID-19 vaccine

Federal health authorities are calling on adult volunteers to take part in human trials for Mexico's Patria COVID-19 vaccine. 

Yucatán back to tougher restrictions as COVID continues to skyrocket

Yucatán state health department numbers show a dramatic change in coronavirus data. Yucatán recorded 459 new coronavirus...

The new Mayan Train director says the project is 7 months behind schedule

Javier May Rodríguez, the Mayan Train’s recently appointed director, says the rail project is seven months behind schedule.