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In the last 14 days, the rate of coronavirus contagion increased from 1.01 to 1.1 percent. That was enough of a bump to keep Yucatan under the second-highest level of alert — orange on the epidemiological “traffic light” — despite declining deaths and new cases.

Yucatan health authorities Thursday announced 98 new infections and 10 deaths linked to the coronavirus spread.

Of the new cases, 87 were in Merida, four in Progreso, two in Kanasín, and one each in Motul, Sacalum, Sucilá, Ucú and Dzilam de Bravo — which until Thursday was the last municipality in Yucatan to have no known cases.

Over 19,000 people in Yucatan have tested positive for coronavirus since March, with 83% recovering.

Deaths included six men and four women between 36 and 89. Six resided in Merida, and one each in Kanasín, Muna, Sotuta and Umán.

In total, 2,357 people have died in Yucatan from the coronavirus since April, a 12% death rate.

Active cases include 745 patients in stable condition and at home and another 158 requiring hospital care, eight fewer than were mentioned in Wednesday’s briefing.

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