January hospitalizations peak as COVID cases, deaths rise in Yucatán

COVID claims the life of a 34-year-old patient

A dog wears a protective face mask in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters

New coronavirus infections shot up by 22 to total 131 cases, the second-highest daily total this month, Yucatan health authorities reported Wednesday.

Another eight patients died, bringing the official number of Yucatán accumulated fatalities to 3,111 since April 2020. The actual number is thought to be much higher. One fatality was only 34 years old.

The number of patients in public hospitals has risen by 28 to reach 226 in the last seven days, a record for January.

Private hospitals have reportedly turned away COVID-19 patients. The number of patients in home quarantine rose by 37 to reach 814. Patients range in age from one month to 99 years.

New infections included 86 in Mérida; nine in Umán; eight in Valladolid; six in Tizimín; four in Kanasín and in Progreso; two in Calotmul, Motul and San Felipe; two foreigners, and one in Chankom, Conkal, Homún, Panabá, Temozón and Uayma.

Fatalities included six men and two women. Three were from Mérida, two from Homún and one each from Motul, Tahmek and Kanasín.

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