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Yucatan struggles to keep up with registering 521 new infections in 4 days

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Universities, businesses and the Instituto Yucateco de Emprendedores developed 64,000 health protection masks and other protective gear, for the Yucatan Health Ministry. Photo: Courtesy

The official number of daily infections shot up from the low- to mid-90s in each of the last four days to 160 in the past 24 hours, Yucatan health authorities announced.

But the lopsided totals were attributed to a 72-hour undercount. The Yucatan Health Ministry counted 80 new cases today and absorbed another 80 unregistered patients from the previous three days.

That means 521 new patients were added to Yucatan’s caseload in four days while 33 died, including five in Tuesday’s report.

That brings to 384 the number of Yucatan’s fatalities since the crisis began here in mid-March.

A 31-year-old Merida man with a medical history of obesity was the youngest to die. The eldest was an Akil woman, 84, with no history of disease. The average age of those who perished was 67.

Of the new cases, 53 were in Mérida; 22 in Valladolid; 13 in Tizimín; nine in Umán, seven in Temozón; six each in Chemax and Motul; five in Kanasín, three in Peto and Tekax; and two in Acanceh, Calotmul, Conkal, Hunucmá, Progreso, Seyé, Ticul and Tixpehual; and one each in Buctzotz, Cacalchén, Chicxulub Pueblo, Dzemul, Espita, Hoctún, Kantunil, Maní, Sacalum, Samahil, Teabo and Tekom. Four infections were found in people from outside Yucatan, possibly outside the country.

Since the crisis began, 3,351 coronavirus cases have been found in the state, and 2,476 of the patients recovered, including 74 in the last 24 hours.

Current patients include 276 in home quarantine and in stable condition, and 215 hospitalized, 17 more than the day before.

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