Monday, June 24, 2024

Average daily COVID infections down by 5,100 in the last 3 weeks

The federal Health Ministry reported an additional 14,828 new coronavirus cases and 730 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, while estimated active cases rose 2% to 99,630.

Mexico’s accumulated case tally is now just under 3.48 million, and the official death toll is 266,150.

The seven-day average of daily reported cases up until Wednesday was 13,632, while the average for deaths was 702.

The average number of new infections reported each day has declined by more than 5,100 over the last three weeks, according to the Reuters COVID-19 tracker.

Mexico City has recorded almost 916,000 confirmed cases during the pandemic, meaning that 26% of all cases in Mexico were detected in the capital. Mexico City also easily leads the country for COVID-19 fatalities with 49,209, or 18.5% of the total.

In other COVID-19 news:

• Everyone aged 18 and over will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated with at least one dose by the end of October, Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell said on Twitter.

He also reported that almost 872,000 doses were administered on Wednesday, lifting the total number of shots given to just over 89.5 million. About two-thirds of Mexican adults have received at least one vaccine dose.

With 69 doses administered per 100 people, Mexico ranks 75th in the world for per capita shots, according to The New York Times vaccinations tracker. The United Arab Emirates ranks first with 190 shots per 100 people followed by Uruguay and Qatar.

• Six states have first-dose vaccination rates above 80%, the Health Ministry reported Wednesday. They are Baja California, Baja California Sur, Mexico City, Querétaro, Quintana Roo and Sinaloa.

Twelve other states have rates above 70%. They are Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Colima, Durango, Hidalgo, Nayarit, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Yucatán and Zacatecas.

• There are 10,913 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a decrease of 456 compared to Wednesday. The Health Ministry said Wednesday that 44% of general care hospital beds set aside for COVID patients were occupied, while 40% of those with ventilators were in use.

A 12-year-old girl with diabetes who was unable to access vaccination despite being granted an injunction ordering that she be given a shot was summoned to a medical evaluation at a hospital in Xalapa, Veracruz, to assess her suitability as a vaccine candidate.

However, her parents said she wouldn’t attend the appointment on Thursday because the hospital where it was to take place treats COVID patients and their daughter could be exposed to the virus.

With reports from Reforma 

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