Yucatan nears 11,000 COVID cases, but avoids red-alert restrictions

32 perish and hospitalizations jump by 39

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Merida parks were still taped off despite promises to reopen them. Photo: YEL

Yucatan’s coronavirus caseload grew by 179 to reach 10,922 while another 35 died, ending six days of declining fatalities.

The new deaths bring the state’s total to 1,307 people. Another 8,479 have recovered, or nearly 78%.

New infections included 80 in Merida, 35 in Valladolid, 10 in Tekax, nine in Tizimín, seven in Ticul, five in Temozón, four in Motul and Umán; three in Progreso and Teabo; 2 in Chumayel and Hoctún; two foreigners; and one each in Buctzotz, Chemax, Chocholá, Conkal, Dzidzantún, Dzitás, Kanasín, Peto Sudzal, Temax, Tinum Tzucacab and Uayma.

Fatalities included 21 men and 14 women ranging in age from 39 to 91. Some of these people suffered from other conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, chronic kidney failure, COPD and asthma, state health officials said.

In Merida there were 18 deaths, as well as five in Valladolid, two Motul and Temozón, and one each in Acancehl, Chichimilá, Chocholá, Cuncunul, Hoctun, Tizimin, Uayma and Yaxcabá.

Current patients include 494 in stable condition and recovering at home, and 632 in the hospital, 39 more than Wednesday.

The age range of the coronavirus patients is from one month to 98 years.

Coronavirus contingencies continue in Merida’s bustling Centro Historico. While sidewalks and crosswalks have been widened with yellow paint in the most crowded neighborhoods, parks remain closed to the public.

Despite plans to open more than a month ago, Santa Lucia and Santa Ana parks were among the neighborhood green spaces still closed on Wednesday.

Some stalls at Santa Ana market were open, however, as was at least one restaurant at Santa Lucia’s park. Arts and craft sales, and the regular serenade-music dance events, have been gone for months.

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