According to the technical report of the Health Secretary (SSa), until this Sunday, May 17, 49,219 accumulated cases and 5,177 deaths due to coronavirus have been confirmed in Mexico. So he made it known Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary for Health Promotion and Prevention, at the press conference held at the National Palace.
Reference was also made during the conference to the entities with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Mexico City, Baja California and the Mexico state are the entities that lead the list, while Zacatecas, Durango, and Colima they are the three with less registration.
About the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which takes place this Sunday, the SSa invited as a speaker of the conference to Monica Maccise Duayhe, holder of the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Cenapred). This to clarify points that have something to do with discrimination against certain people based on their moral precepts rather than on scientific data.
Among other advances in Mexico regarding SARS-CoV-2, a group of academics from the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ) developed an experimental protocol for the detection of coronaviruses, which represents a low-cost alternative test.
In a period between April 1 and May 12, they detected 271 cases of COVID-19. It should be noted that it is a project that was implemented a week after Phase 2 due to coronavirus was decreed in Mexico, in order to contribute to the detection of cases.
The doctor Karina Acevedo Whitehouse indicated for the magazine Process that the test in which they work in the UAQ, "because although it is not infallible, we do not have false positives, not at all, and we have so far 271 reagents that are within 3,000 samples".
This news comes a little late for Mexico, because in relation to the massive application of tests, The health authorities explained that it was no longer a priority because the number of infections is massive and the most effective at this time of the pandemic is the National Day of Sana Distancia, that this Sunday is 56 days.
This means that there are 14 more days left of this day. However, López-Gatell pointed out that it does not mean that from June 1 it will return precipitously to normality, since this will depend on the epidemic activity of each state of the Republic.
The undersecretary of health recalled that for state governments in no case will they be less than national provisions. This means that once May 30 passes, it is up to the different state administrations to decide how to return to economic and school activities.
The general idea is because healthy distance and social isolation promotes the reduction of mobility in the public space, which prevents contagion. The measurement of this will be done by virtue of the hospital capacity for each area of the Republic.
Regarding the number of tests applied by critics of the information provided by López-Gatell, they insist that according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Mexico 0.4 tests are applied for every 1,000 inhabitants, in this way, The Aztec country is located in the lowest position of the 36 countries belonging to the organization in the COVID-19 test application category..
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