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Hacienda San Juan Opichén, a party venue west of Mérida, is shuttered by state health authorities after photos circulated of a crowded party there. Photo: Courtesy

Deaths continued in triple digits Friday when 158 new cases were detected. Another 13 deaths included an 11-year-old boy from Valladolid.

Daily infections have increased steadily since Monday, when 94 new cases were registered.

Public hospitals are caring for 214 COVID-19 patients, up by 16 in seven days, while patients at home rose by 136 in one week to total 847, Yucatan health ministry officials announced Friday.

Deaths — the highest one-day count since the previous Friday — included nine men and four women with varying comorbidities. The 11-year-old also showed signs of malnutrition. In total, 3,134 people in Yucatán have died from the coronavirus since April 2020.

New cases included 128 in Mérida, seven in Progreso and Umán, three in Ticul, two in Tekax, and one in Cansahcab, Hunucmá, Kanasín, Maní, Motul, Muna, Peto, Seyé, Timucuy, Tizimín and Uayma.

Of the 29,790 positive cases, 253 are from another country or state.

Of the active cases, 847 are stable and isolated, while 214 people are in public hospitals and in total isolation.

Responding to Yucatán’s continued coronavirus spread, Yucatan officials implemented new measures to discourage travel. Fines for driving between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. rose to as high as 5,000 pesos, and Progreso’s beaches and malecon were shut down between February 4 to 17, including St. Valentine’s Day. Restaurants along the malecon were allowed to continue to operate under current orange-light capacity restrictions and health protocols.

Local media, however, have taken note that on public streets social distancing protocols are increasingly being ignored.

Meanwhile, neighboring Campeche, which had been Mexico’s only state with green-light status, regressed to a yellow alert. Yucatán remained in orange this week. The color corresponds with a national traffic light system that declares each state’s capacity to pursue economic recovery.

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