Coronavirus in Mexico: 12,099 new cases and 990 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours

covid conference (Illustration: Steve Allen)
covid conference (Illustration: Steve Allen)

The Ministry of Health announced this Tuesday, December 29, 2020, the record of 12,099 new infections, as well as 990 deaths caused by COVID-19, disease caused by the Sars-Cov-2 virus, in the country.

In that way until day 213 of the new normal, They have registered 1,401,529 accumulated confirmed cases and 123,845 deaths caused by coronavirus disease. The health authorities also reported the existence of 33,957 suspected cases with possibility of outcome, as well as a total of 1,762,561 negative and 3,562,957 people studied from the first case registered in the country. On the other hand, to this day 1,058,429 people have been discharged when recovering from illness.

Additionally, the estimate of 70,203 (4%) patients who had symptoms of the disease in the last 14 days. The data is relevant, since they are those who can potentially contribute to the transmission of the virus.

National panorama of the COVID epidemic December 19 to 29, 2020 (Photo: Ssa)
National panorama of the COVID epidemic December 19 to 29, 2020 (Photo: Ssa)

According to the figures presented by the Dra. Alethse de la Torre Rosas, Director of Censida, the SARI Bed Network (Serious Acute Respiratory Infection) reported the 51% availability in general beds for the care of patients diagnosed with COVID-19. That is, of the 29,582 beds without mechanical respiratory support installed in the entire republic, only occupied 14,580, which is equivalent to 49 percent. That way, there is still the availability of 15,002 general beds.

On the other hand, as for the beds for intensive care of patients diagnosed with respiratory disease, the report presented a 58% availability, which is equivalent to 5,837 free mechanical ventilator beds. Thus, from 10.150 beds for critically ill patients, they are busy 4,313, that is, the 42% of the total at the national level.

Doctor de la Torre Rosas indicated a tendency to increase in hospitalization figures nationwide. Likewise, he invited people who suffer from severe symptoms caused by COVID-19 to go to hospitals because timely care as well as oxygenation will help to stop the spread of infection in the body, as well as to comply with health measures to reduce the number of infections in all entities.

Soldiers of the Mexican Army deliver doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the facilities of the 69th Infantry Battalion to continue with the vaccination plan for medical personnel who treat patients with covid-19 today, in the city of Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila (Mexico).  EFE / Miguel Sierra.
Soldiers of the Mexican Army deliver doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the facilities of the 69th Infantry Battalion to continue with the vaccination plan for medical personnel who treat patients with covid-19 today, in the city of Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila (Mexico). EFE / Miguel Sierra.

During his speech at the evening press conference, the Dr. Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, indicated that only on December 29, 2020, was vaccinated 8,495 people in Mexico City, Coahuila and Nuevo Léon. In this way, since December 24, the immunization of 18,529 people against COVID-19.

The undersecretary estimated that the eight trays pending the first shipment will arrive tomorrow. Similarly, the On January 4, around 53,000 doses will arrive in the country and shipments with more than 480,000 doses will be received in subsequent weeks.

He also clarified that with the inoculation of health personnel in Mexico City, Coahuila and Nuevo León, a calibration stage is being carried out. In that way, he declared, immunization of the bulk of the population is not a primary objective at first. However, During this period, details are being prepared to begin the campaign at the national level.

Figures of hospital occupancy in beds equipped with a fan nationwide (Photo: Ssa)
Figures of hospital occupancy in beds equipped with a fan nationwide (Photo: Ssa)

About Prioritization criteria in the National Vaccination Policy, López-Gatell clarified that in Mexico City and the entities that make up the Megalopolis the greatest efforts will be concentrated due to the concentration of most of the epidemic. Likewise, he stated that By achieving the vaccination of the elderly as a priority group, it will be possible to reduce mortality from the contagion of COVID-19 by 80%.

Finally, with the epidemic risk traffic light in effect from December 21 to January 3, 2021, 5 entities are on high alert for the contagion of COVID-19. Although at first it was contemplated Baja California, Mexico City and the State of Mexico in this category, on December 23, the status of Morelos and, later, Guanajuato.

Similarly, 22 entities are in orange, 3 in yellow, as well as Chiapas and Campeche with the lowest level of risk. Finally, the states of Sonora, Zacatecas, Querétaro, Aguascalientes and Hidalgo They are under close scrutiny due to having a higher score in the orange category.

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