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A red light on Monday was not ruled out by Yucatan Health Secretary Mauricio Sauri Vivas during today’s coronavirus briefing.

For now, it remains in orange, the second-most severe level of alert, allowing businesses to operate under restrictions. The traffic-light system communicates the level of economic lockdown each state must endure to stem the spread of COVID-19.

A return to red would shut down all but the most essential businesses.

Thursday’s daily briefing announced 35 deaths and 244 new infections with hospital capacity shrinking. Other data included:

• Percentage of total intensive care occupation with COVID and non-COVID patients: 57.1% and on the rise, remaining in orange
• Percentage of occupation of total hospital beds with COVID and non-COVID patients: 53.6% and on the rise, remaining in yellow
• The increase in hospital admissions compared to the previous week: 11.8% and on the rise, going from green to orange
• The rate of contagiousness is exponentially growing: 1.23% slightly on the rise and remaining in orange
• The positivity of coronavirus cases: 49.5%, staying in red

Deaths in Yucatan have totaled 1,217 since the epidemic began in March.

Of the infections found in the past 24 hours, 96 were in Mérida, 46 in Valladolid, 18 in Tizimín, 12 in Ticul, seven in Peto and Uayma, five in Tekax and Temozón, four in Oxkutzcab, three in Motul, Progreso, Teabo and Umán; two in Acanceh, Dzitás, Izamal and Maxcanú, in addition to two from outside Yucatan, and one each in Akil, Bokobá, Dzan, Santa Elena Sinanché, Telchac Pueblo, Tetiz, Yaxkabá and Yaxcucul.

The total of positive cases in Yucatan reached 9,527.

While 386 patients are stable and at home, hospitalizations climbed 15 to reach 551.

Twenty-one men and 14 women perished, ranging in age from 28 to 96. They suffered from various other conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, asthma, kidney failure, heart disease and cancer.

Of these deaths, 20 were from Mérida, two were from Muna, Ticul, Umán and Valladolid, and one each was from Halachó, Homún, Hunucmá, Maní, Motul, Progreso and Tecoh.

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