17,580 death, 150,264 confirmed casesBy Ricardo Guzman | Mon, 06/15/2020 - 21:06
The Ministry of Health reported 439 new deaths due to COVID-19 raising the total to 17,580 nationwide. Additional 3,427 confirmed cases increased the national count to 150,264. The deaths and infections occurred on various dates, but were not confirmed until today. “Cases reported did not happen from yesterday to today. They were distributed over 12 days,” explained Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía. Over 20,392 active cases were also reported, with Jalisco, Puebla and Tabasco in the top of this category.
During today’s briefing, Alomía said that regardless of any change in the traffic light color of any state, all citizens over 60 years of age or with comorbidities must maintain strict social distancing and isolate themselves, since the risk of contagion is still high.
As of Monday, June 15
3,427 new cases (from yesterday)
150,264 confirmed cases nationwide
52,217 under investigation
Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)
US Dollar MX$22.17 (-1.08%)
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