Mexico continues to break records of deaths and deaths due to the pandemic. The Ministry of Health reported this Thursday that 1,803 people have died in the last 24 hours, while daily infections exceeded 22,300 cases. Both are unpublished figures for a country that for weeks has been on high alert due to covid-19. Since the beginning of the health crisis to date, Mexico has accumulated 146,174 deaths and 1 million 711,283 positive diagnoses. The fatality stands at 7%, according to official figures.
The rise in cases and deaths has paralleled the rise in hospital admissions. Just a week ago, six entities exceeded 70% hospital occupancy, now there are nine entities whose medical centers are bordering on collapse. Mexico City tops the list with 89%, general bed occupancy, in second place is Guanajuato with 86%, followed by the State of Mexico and Nuevo León, both with 85%. The states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Morelos, Guerrero and Nayarit also have less than 30% space for new patients, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The statistics of cases, deaths and hospital admissions have climbed in Mexico since last November. Last week, the Ministry of Health presented the map with the epidemiological traffic light that illustrated the seriousness of the situation: only two states are in yellow, medium risk, and Campeche is the only state in green. The situation is critical especially in the area of the Valley of Mexico, where the search for oxygen of patients seeking treatment in their beds has intensified due to the saturation of medical centers.
Faced with this scenario, the state governors have raised their voices to ask the federal government to allow them to directly negotiate the purchase of vaccines to immunize their population. However, the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell has shelved this proposal and has defended the national vaccination strategy in which the federal government centralizes acquisitions. “What if in a state now it was the municipalities that want to buy the vaccine and each one puts it in the way they wanted, the state leaders would experience the consequence of that disorder where everyone wanted to do their will,” he argued this Thursday .
Regarding the vaccination progress, López-Gatell reported that 552,335 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus have been applied. More than 534,000 applications of the antigen correspond to first doses, while some 18,000 doses were used in the second phase of the immunization of medical personnel. “The opportunity to have other contracts is still being explored, it is possible that we will have the closing of the contract with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V at some point soon and in due course, if it is authorized by Cofepris and the contract is closed, also we will incorporate Sputnik V, it is already in the tentative use plan ”, he explained.
The Undersecretary of Health acknowledged that, so far, 2,817 people have had a collateral effect after receiving the vaccine. “The vast majority of reactions are not serious, they are allergic-type reactions with varying degrees of intensity and they go home later, without leaving sequelae,” López-Gatell mentioned. The main secondary symptoms from the antigen have been pain in the arm, dizziness or vomiting. According to the federal government report, 34 incidents have required hospitalization and of these, only six people remain in a medical center.