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Yucatan health officials urge caution as coronavirus deaths approach 2,000

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Wednesday’s fatalities totaled 21 while 167 more cases were detected. Recoveries far outpaced both figures when they reached 241.

But deaths since April are approaching 2,000, a chilling milestone for Yucatan, a state of roughly 2 million people.

Yucatan health authorities asked the public to remain vigilant against the spread of COVID-19 despite lower daily deaths and infections.

That means not getting lax about hand-washing, mask-wearing and all the other health precautions necessary during a raging pandemic.

Today there were 21 deaths in Yucatan due to coronavirus, which although it is a relatively low number compared to weeks ago, does allow the total number of deaths to approach 2,000 in the entire time that the pandemic has been in the state.

New infections included 66 in Merida, 32 in Valladolid, 13 in Tizimín, eight in Ticul, seven in Tinum, four in Dzan, Kanasín, Tekax, Temozón and Yaxkabá; two in Motul and Tixcacalcupul, one from outside Yucatan; and one in Acanceh, Calotmul, Chichimilá, Cuncunul, Dzidzantún, Espita, Hunucmá, Muna, Peto, Progreso, Samahil, San Felipe, Tekom, Tetiz, Ucú and Umán.

Infections since March have totaled 14,208, and nearly 80% of patients have recovered.

Fatalities included 12 men and nine women as young as 40 and as old as 95. Patients who died typically also battled hypertension, diabetes, obesity, chronic kidney failure, heart disease or immunosuppression.

Merida accounted for 10 deaths and two from both Valladolid and Hunucmá also perished. Fatalities also included one patient from outside Yucatan and one from Acanceh, Buctzotz, Peto, Río Lagartos, Tekit and Tizimín.

Current patients include 538 at home in stable condition and 392 in the hospital, nine more than yesterday but far fewer than a month ago when over 600 hospital beds were often filled with coronavirus patients.

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