Infections drop but coronavirus deaths in Yucatan refuse to slow

A coronavirus patient is wheeled into one of Merida’s hospitals equipped to deal with COVID-19. Photo: De Peso

Another 21 men and nine women perished Saturday after battling COVID-19, the third day in a row that Yucatan’s fatality count reached 30.

The youngest to die was an otherwise healthy 24-year-old Merida man. Another Merida man, 99, was the oldest.

New infections, at 99, were in two digits for the second time this week and for the third time since July 31, indicating a sustained decline.

New cases included 46 in Merida, 18 in Valladolid, six in Progreso and Tizimín, three in Sucilá and Temozón, and three from outside the state or country; two in Tekax; and one in Akil, Celestún, Chichimilá, Hoctún, Hunucmá, Motul, Muna, Seyé, Teabo, Ticul, Tixcacalcupul and Umán.

That brings to 1,621 the number of people in the state who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Of the 12,539 known COVID-19 patients, around 80% have recovered, including 50 on Saturday.

Hospitalizations jumped by seven to reach 526. The other 492 current patients are at home in stable condition.

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