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During a week, Mexico reported more than 2,000 daily coronavirus infections

The rate of infections reached 7.4% on the last day of this week in which 2,000 infections were registered per day (Photo: Reuters / Gustavo Graff)
The rate of infections reached 7.4% on the last day of this week in which 2,000 infections were registered per day (Photo: Reuters / Gustavo Graff)

A few days after the implementation of the plan of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) towards the "New Normality" began, The country has registered more than 2,000 daily infections for seven days.

Mexico went from the 40,186 people infected with coronavirus at 56,594 between May 13 and 20, during the massive contagion phase in the country. This would represent the first week with an increase of this level, according to official figures given by the Secretary of Health (SSa) in the daily conference led by the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell.

Last may 14, when the country exceeded two thousand infections in one day, the figure rose from 40 thousand to 42,595 infected at the national level. The director of Epidemiology of the Mexican government, José Luis Alomía, said that the rate of growth was 6% in one day, they were registered 2,409 new patients of COVID-19.

After 24 hours, they registered 2,437 cases that served to reach the accumulated 45.32 during the pandemic that started on February 28. This time, the increase was 5.7% with respect to the previous day.

The rate of the third day of the week of the 2,000 infections was 4.7% and obtained as accumulated result in the pandemic 47,144. On May 16, authorities reported 2,112 new Mexicans infected with COVID-19.

López-Gatell warned then that if Mexicans did not maintain social isolation "the consequence will be that from seven to 10 days there will be a greater number of infections", because a relaxation was reported in the measures of the National Day of Healthy Distance in various parts of the country.

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Mexico reached the 56 thousand 94 coronavirus patients nationwide. (Photo: Reuters / Carlos Jasso)
Mexico reached the 56 thousand 94 coronavirus patients nationwide. (Photo: Reuters / Carlos Jasso)

For May 17, the SSa report announced that the number of infected daily continued in the same range with 2,075 new patients with COVID-19, but the growth rate had decreased 0.2%. However, the country continued in a stage of pandemic rise at the national level with the 49,219 accumulated cases.

The next day, it started to be implemented the plan towards the Mexican "New Normal" that contemplated the progressive reactivation of the first 324 municipalities in the country that had not presented cases in the previous 28 days and adjoined towns in a similar situation.

"We continue with a very active transmission that has lasted for a couple of weeks," López-Gatell said on the fifth day of this week, when 2,414 new ones were reported cases, that is, an increase in infections of 4.9%. On May 18, the total reported number was 51,633 coronavirus patients.

The week with this level of infection, concluded with 2,213 cases on the sixth day and 2,248 cases on May 20. In this days, growth rate of the pandemic was positioned in 5.3% and 7.4%, respectively.

During this time period, the death toll from the pandemic ranged from 132 to 424 deaths per day. (Photo: Reuters / Edgard Garrido)
During this time period, the death toll from the pandemic ranged from 132 to 424 deaths per day. (Photo: Reuters / Edgard Garrido)

That's how Mexico reached 56,094 patients with coronavirus nationwide. During this period, both Mexico City, the capital of the country, and the State of Mexico led the lists of entities with the highest number of cases and deaths due to pandemic disease

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However, these official figures have been strongly criticized by national and international media and institutions that assure that the numbers would be much higher than those reported. During this time period, the death toll from the pandemic ranged from 132 to 424 deaths per day.

Mexico is the country of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which has 36 members in total, It performs less massive tests with only 0.4 of them per 100,000 inhabitants. An action that has been attributed the underreporting of infections.

As for the deaths, international media reported that the figures are lower than reality. Given this, López-Gatell said that patients often arrive in the late stage of the disease and that there is no time to get tested and that post-mortem tests are "rare".

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