Mexico had its deadliest day with 163 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours

The accumulated confirmed cases of COVID-19 went from 16,752 infected patients last Tuesday to 17,799 this Wednesday. (Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)

In the country, the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise and the curve of the epidemic continues to tilt, a fact that coincides with that predicted by health authorities. In Phase 3 transmission, declared last Tuesday, April 21, more and more patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus are reported and hospitals are reducing their ability to care.

In this context, the Ministry of Health (Ssa) announced this Wednesday that in Mexico there are 1,732 deaths and 17,799 confirmed cases of coronavirus. With these figures the country presented a new record of deaths in a 24-hour period. Between this Tuesday, April 28 and this Wednesday, April 29, there was 163 new deaths, going from 1,569 to 1,732 in total.

José Luis Alomía, director of Epidemiology, pointed out at the press conference that there 152 suspected deaths from coronavirus, which are waiting to confirm if the deaths are due to said disease or another cause. As for the accumulated confirmed cases, they went from 16,752 infected patients last Tuesday to 17,799 this Wednesday.

Based on the data disclosed by the SSa, in Mexico 163 new deaths from coronavirus were reported this Wednesday, the entity that accumulates the most deaths is Mexico City (Photo: SSa)

Based on the data disclosed by the SSa, in Mexico 163 new deaths from coronavirus were reported this Wednesday, the entity that accumulates the most deaths is Mexico City (Photo: SSa)

In addition, Dr. Alomia pointed out that of the total of cases, only 5,444 started with symptoms in the last 14 days. This represents around a third of the total accumulated cases. This figure, compared to the one released last Tuesday, yielded a difference of 115 new confirmed cases active in the country.

At 7:00 pm, the health experts leading the strategy against the coronavirus pandemic began the briefing. This time, the owner of the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, who explained that so far, various drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are in the testing phase.

For this reason, he noted that there is not enough evidence to promote or discourage the use of chloroquine, remdesivir, among others. According to the official, this is because so far it has not been detected what substance neutralizes the virus and thus be able to eliminate it early.

However, the head of the health agency, acknowledged that plasma treatment of patients recovered from the disease could replace the lack of a vaccine. However, he stressed, it is necessary to know the “fineness” of the immune system of its donors. “Not all individuals who suffer from the action of the virus handle it the same, their immune system, for different reasons and more when biological limitations are added, they have to watch out for a series of other things and these are what make some individuals not be enough the answer ”, he pointed out.

Jorge Alcocer reported that, to date, there is insufficient evidence to promote or discourage the use of chloroquine, remdesivir or other drugs for treatment against COVID-19. (Photo. Ulrich Perrey / Pool via REUTERS)

Jorge Alcocer reported that, to date, there is insufficient evidence to promote or discourage the use of chloroquine, remdesivir or other drugs for treatment against COVID-19. (Photo. Ulrich Perrey / Pool via REUTERS)

In phase 3 of the pandemic, it is important for the population to stay informed about the number of beds for hospitalization that are available, both nationally and in each entity of the country. For this reason, the epidemiologist in charge of updating the data on COVID-19, explained that the availability of beds for the general hospitalization of patients infected with the virus throughout the Mexican territory is 77%, since the occupation only represents 23%.

As for the ventilated beds, necessary for people who present more serious pictures of the disease, there is a 79% availability, because the occupation is positioned in twenty-one%.

In the same area, it was announced that Mexico City it has 49% of all beds with a fan, compared to 51% occupancy. Later, Baja California is positioned as the second entity with less space to serve patients, with 56% of beds available for patients with coronavirus and 44% occupancy.

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