During the evening press conference on Sunday, April 19, the Health Secretary (SSa) confirmed that in Mexico is already 686 deaths from coronavirus, as well as 8,261 confirmed cases.
During the presentation of the technical report on the progress of COVID-19 in the country, which takes place daily at the National Palace at 7:00 p.m. Hugo López-Gatell, undersecretary of prevention and health promotion, He explained that the main cities in the country are and will continue to be the most affected by COVID-19 according to their estimates, where the Mexico City It will be the region with the most cases.
After the national capital, the State of Mexico, Baja California, Sinaloa and Puebla they are the entities with the most cases of the new coronavirus. Likewise, it reported the five entities with the fewest registered cases, which are Campeche, Nayarit, Zacatecas, Durango and Colima. Data that also coincide with the estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO), since this health institution exposed given the characteristics of the virus, where there is a higher concentration of the population, there will be more cases of COVID-19.
He also recalled that in the republic, there are several metropolitan regions with high rates of epidemic incidence, where the Metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico tops the list, but metropolises should not be neglected as Guadalajara, Monterrey, area of the municipality of Benito Juárez in Quintana Roo, the northern and border region of Tijuana and Mexicali in Baja California, as well as La Paz in Baja California Sur, and Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa, derived from the fact that these localities have “a higher speed of transmission of the virus, due to a higher population rate.”
López-Gatell could not miss once again the opportunity to reiterate the importance of Social isolation to combat the epidemic curve and pointed out that despite the dissemination of contrary messages in the media or social networks it is important stay at home.
Despite the fact that the epidemic situation in Mexico continue in Phase 2, the health authorities are ready for Phase 3, which is expected to be of massive contagion. For this reason, on Thursday, April 16, the Mexican government reported that the National Day of Healthy Distance will continue until May 30That is, 30 days more than what was originally scheduled to maintain the mitigation measures of the coronavirus epidemic, as well as maintain the protection of older adults and people prone to suffering from COVID-19 with stronger symptoms that could cause death.
Apart from the demographic over 60 years of age, the people most vulnerable to this disease are the pregnant women, obese, hypertensive people, with diabetes or with compromised immune system (people undergoing chemotherapy or who are patients living with HIV / AIDS).
Both Alomía and López-Gatell have reiterated that the deaths in Mexico are due to the fact that those infected with coronaviruses had at least two factors of the aforementioned, which occurred in very different ways and that do not make the older adults exclusive, since this week too the first death of a person under 25 was recorded. This is a girl who had Down syndrome; the deputy secretary of the SSa explained that this condition is often accompanied by problems in the heart, lungs and immune system, which ended up having an impact on the little girl who passed away on April 16.
According to official calculations, the highest number of infections is expected between May 3 and 10; however, the health authorities do not dismiss different pandemic scenarios and insist on social isolation policies to avoid the collapse of the institutions responsible for the health of Mexicans.