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Yucatan’s COVID-19 deaths at 303; hospitalizations up by 10 in 24 hours

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In three months, Yucatan has exceeded 300 coronavirus deaths, according to a report issued Sunday by the health ministry. Six additional fatalities in the past 24 hours were also announced.

New infections grew by 56 while an equal number of patients recovered, said health ministry officials in a public briefing.

New cases included 26 in Mérida; eight in Buctzotz; four in Valladolid; three each in Kanasín, Tekax and Umán; and one each in Cansahcab, Chemax, Chocholá, Maxcanú, Panabá, Peto, Tixkokob, Tixpéhual and Tizimín. Since the crisis began, 2,544 cases have been confirmed in Yucatan, although experts calculate the real number is over 8,000. Officially, 2,006 patients — nearly 79% of everyone found to be ill — have recovered from the virus.

The most recently deceased were all male, the youngest being a 48-year-old Progreso resident who was a smoker and suffered from chronic liver disease. A 55-year-old from Umán, a 59-year-old from Kanasín, a 68-year-old from Mérida, a 69-year-old from Merida and a 71-year-old Maxcanú also perished. All but one had pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or obesity.

The man from Kanasín left behind seven contacts with mild symptoms, health authorities said.

In all, 303 patients have died in Yucatan after contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

Active patients include 53 in stable condition and recovering at home while hospitals have admitted 182 patients, 10 more than Saturday.

A chart maintained by Jose Ramos shows active cases appeared to dip a week ago, but climbed again in the last several days.

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