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Hope and fear remain after 8 months of coronavirus infections in Yucatan

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The Siglo XXI convention center in Merida was made over as a temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients. For now, the beds remain empty. Photo: Courtesy

Eight months after the first COVID-19 case was detected in Yucatan, seven more deaths and 71 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

Three men and four women between the ages of 58 and 86 perished, doctors reported in a briefing on Friday.

Of new cases, 58 are in Merida, three in Kanasín, two in Hunucmá and one each in Akil, Cacalchén, Progreso, Teabo, Tekantación, Tekax and Umán. A patient listed as “foreign” also came forward.

Officials have counted 22,386 coronavirus cases in Yucatan since March 13. The real number could be 10 times higher but is unknowable because testing has been limited. Deaths began in April, and have so far totaled 2,593

Hospitalizations declined, from 151 to 133 between Thursday and Friday. Recoveries have improved to represent around 85% of all patients.

Deaths and infections have incrementally declined for the past three weeks.

Last week, daily new cases averaged 66, and so far this week that number is slightly lower. Cases averaged 127 a day on the week ending Oct. 24 and then dropped to an average of 88 a day by Oct. 31.

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