Mexico reported 684,113 infections and 72,179 accumulated deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, adding the 3,182 infections and 201 deaths that were reported in the last 24 hours to the country’s health authorities.
Accumulated cases grew 0.46% in percentage compared to the previous day’s data and deaths had a 0.28% increase compared to deaths indicated in the same previous report.
Since the pandemic was declared at the end of February, 1,549,643 people have been studied for having had the presence of symptoms that made them be classified as suspected of being infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The test that is applied to suspected cases in Mexico is through a nasopharyngeal swab in order to take a sample to isolate and detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, said the director of Epidemiology of the Government of Mexico, José Luis Alomía.
Of the total group of tests applied, around 44% (684,113) are confirmed cases and 51% of the tests came out with a negative result, which is equivalent to 789,978 people, Alomía said.
The Ministry of Health also confirmed 75,552 suspected cases that are awaiting laboratory results and that it is estimated that at least 40% of them will be positive for the presence of the coronavirus.
Alomy indicated that, if confirmed cases and deaths are considered plus the percentage of suspected patients and deaths that will test positive for the infection, it is estimated that there are at least 714,892 cases and 73,871 deaths in the country.
He confirmed that the estimated active cases in the country are around 32,787, which are people who have presented signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the last fourteen days.
In Mexico’s hospitals, 9,253 beds are currently occupied for COVID-19 patients that are not considered serious cases and another 2,557 patients considered more serious and at risk, explained the health official.
Likewise, the country has 21,043 general beds and 7,856 of those that are equipped with ventilators prepared and ready to receive COVID-19 patients.
The states of Nayarit (53%), Colima (52%) and Nuevo León (50%) have the highest occupancy of general beds and Aguascalientes (42%), Mexico City (40%) and Nuevo León (37%) the that he has a fan, authorities said.
COVID-19 is already the fourth cause of death in Mexico, only below heart disease, diabetes and malignant tumors, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).
In addition, Mexico is also the seventh country with the most infections and the fourth with the most deaths, only behind the United States, Brazil and India, based on Johns Hopkins University.