The undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell said that the outbreaks are being registered in other countries and that Mexico is no exception
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MEXICO – The COVID-19 epidemic in the country could last until April 2021 due to a regrowth in October with the arrival of the influenza, assured Hugo López Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion.
He said that for four weeks there are nations that have registered outbreaks of the magnitude with which the first wave occurred.
“A rebound began in the number of cases of COVID-19; regrettable deaths; hospital occupation; for some of the countries it is similar in magnitude to what was experienced at the beginning of the epidemic (.) during the month of January, the end of January and the beginning of February ”.
Given this, the official specified that Mexico it is not exempt from this phenomenon.
“That is why we have talked about the long epidemic in Mexico; it was contemplated that it could last from February to October; but it could also be beyond October, let’s not forget, we have said it on countless occasions, “he said.
“When October comes the influenza season will come and along with the influenza season it may happen that COVID-19 also presents itself in an epidemic stage; in a second wave, and this could extend to October, November, December, January, February, March and until April 2021, which is exactly the months of the influenza epidemic ”.
He indicated that the beds of COVID-19 They will be reduced as other health services are resumed, but will be in reserve before a regrowth.
On the other hand, Nadia Robles Soto, responsible for Mexican Observatory of Drugs, reported that from January to June 2020 there has been an increase in the demand for care on the Life Line, with 12,194 calls; while last year in the same period there were 9, 446.