The health authorities of Mexico reported this Friday that there was a 29 percent increase in coronavirus infections compared to the previous week and the country entered the third wave of the pandemic.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, there were 217 deaths and 9,319 positive cases In the last 24 hours, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic amounts to 234,675, while the number of infections is 2,577,140.
Meanwhile, 56,907 active cases of coronavirus were identified in Mexico in the last seven days. Most of the new infected come from less vulnerable young sectors.
For their part, the authorities insisted that the relative decline in serious cases among older people is due to the vaccination campaign. As of Friday, 39 percent of Mexico’s adult population had received at least one dose.
In that sense, on the last day, 649,100 doses of vaccines against the coronavirus, and the total doses applied since the National Vaccination Program began in December of the previous year is 49,857,020.
Currently, the number of active cases is as high as it was at the beginning of the previous wave in September, which peaked in January and gradually declined until June.
However, only 22 percent of the beds in hospitals of the country are occupied, while in the last wave, in several areas of the nation, hospital capacity was on the verge of collapse. Specifically, the availability of general beds is 78 percent, while that of units that have a mechanical respirator is 81 percent.
Vice Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell affirmed that the increase in the number of cases is not due to the delta variant, but to the resumption of social activities.
The health authorities of Mexico City estimate that the third wave will reach its peak in August in the capital, which was the most affected area in the last two waves.
Despite the fact that the official figures of deaths from coronavirus contemplate 235 thousand deaths, experts suspect that the real number is approximately 360 thousand deaths, because the country performs few tests to detect new positives.
With information from AP.