Mexico COVID-19 cases cross 20,000-mark, death toll nears 2,000

Mexico, May 1 (efe-epa).- The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in Mexico crossed 20,000 on Friday, with 1,515 fresh cases being reported within the last 24 hours in the biggest intra-day jump, while over 1,900 people have died from the disease, health authorities said.

As the country completed 40 days of restrictions imposed to check the spread of the disease, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases stood at 20,739, with 1,972 deaths reported so far, the head of epidemiology Jose Luis Alomia said.

He highlighted that the fresh cases reported on Friday amounted to a 7.9 percent increase from the 19,224 patients reported until a day earlier.

Out of the total cases, 6,390 are active due to showing symptoms of the disease within the last 14 days, Alomia said in a press conference at the National Palace – headquarters of the federal government – in Mexico City.

Within the last 24 hours, 478 fresh active cases were reported in addition to the 5912 detected until the day before, he said.

There are 15,446 suspected cases of the disease in the country.

The expert said that health authorities have so far tested 55,003 people whose reports were negative, taking the total number of tests to 91,188 since the beginning of the outbreak.

On Friday 113 fresh deaths were reported, in addition to the 1,859 reported until a day before.

At least 164 suspected COVID-19 deaths have been reported to the authorities, with the test results yet to confirm the cause.

The under-secretary of prevention and health promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said that the epidemic had maintained a high transmission rate in five regions, although the rest of the country faced a lower contagion risk.

The high-transmission areas include capital Mexico City, Tijuana (state of Lower California), Cancun (Quintana Roo), Culiacan (Sinaloa) and Villahermosa (Tabasco).

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced an agreement with the Mexican Institute of Social Security ensuring that the institute would admit in its hospitals even those capital residents who are not beneficiaries of the country’s social security net.

Lopez-Gatell said on Friday during the morning presser of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that according to mathematical models, the country could hit the peak of the epidemic by May 6, after which cases may start declining. EFE-EPA


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