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Monday was the Yucatan Peninsula’s deadliest day yet

All 3 states see at least 1 coronavirus death, doubling the number of fatalities

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COVID-19 deaths on the Yucatan Peninsula doubled Monday, the deadliest day yet for the region’s three states since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

One patient in Yucatan died while Quintana Roo confirmed four more deaths and Campeche registered its first fatal outcome.

Yucatan’s fatal case was a 46-year-old crew member brought ashore from the Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship, state health officials reported. Foreigners account for two of the state’s three COVID-19 deaths, they said.

Eleven patients remain in serious enough condition to stay hospitalized, including the two Yucatecan women who came from abroad — one from Canada and the other from Peru — after being diagnosed.

Yucatan also reported its youngest patient is a 10-year-old child. The oldest is 78.

The three peninsular states have reported a combined 12 coronavirus deaths, including eight in Quintana Roo and three in Yucatan.

The national report was also sobering. Mexico reported 31 deaths Monday, bringing the national total to 125 while the number of cases rose by 296 to 2,439.

In New York, at least 110 Mexican citizens have died from COVID-19.

“The epidemic is not over, the epidemic is just entering its most intense phase. We have estimated that in the next two to three weeks we will have more accelerated growth,” declared Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion of Mexico.

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The private business sector continued to insist that the economic measures announced Sunday by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to deal with the crisis are incomplete.

Manuel Molano, director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, saw a lack of connection between the scope of the proposals and the size of the economic blow that the republic will receive.

“The president is not understanding the magnitude of the crisis,” he said.

But despite criticism or actions from other countries, López Obrador insisted on the benefits of his proposals, which envisage expanding social programs and reinforcing government austerity measures, as well as avoiding expanding public debt.

Carlos Salazar Lomelín, leader of the Business Coordinating Council, described López Obrador proposals as “incomplete.”

López Obrador’s promise to create 2 million jobs in nine months is unattainable, he said.

“We want to repeat that jobs are produced by the private sector, not the public. The public sector invests one out of every nine pesos that is invested in the country,” the business leader said.

Source: News agencies

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