22,088 Positive Cases and 2,161 DeathsBy Ricardo Guzman | Sat, 05/02/2020 - 21:30
COVID-19 positive cases now total 22,088 while the number of accumulated deaths rose to 2,161 in the last 24 hours, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said in today’s special briefing. Among the positive cases 6,580 are reported as active or showing symptoms in the last 14 days.
The officer noted that Durango and Zacatecas stand out for having the lowest infection rates, while Mexico City and State of Mexico are top of the list with almost 10,000 accumulated cases, or half of the national total.
López-Gatell said that since Mexico entered Phase 3 hospital’s availability is the main element of epidemiological surveillance. He highlighted that hospital occupancy now reaches 29 percent nationwide.
As of Saturday, May 2
1,349 new cases (from yesterday)
22,088 confirmed cases nationwide
14,536 under investigation
Light at the end of tunnel
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said there is “light at the end of tunnel” to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Things are improving. We are seeing light at the end of tunnel, there are very good results,” he said in a video message. The president said that Mexico had had time to prepare for the health crisis, since the outbreak hit Europe first and, “this gave us the opportunity to have better results. The president said that the time to resume economic activities will come soon.
More cases likely in Mexico City
There are 1,692 confirmed positive cases in Mexico City, however there are 7,559 cases of people who have not been tested but may be infected, Mexico Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum said. This figure comes from reports on remote consultations through the Locatel help line and people who got healthcare kits from the local administration to isolate themselves but are yet to be tested.
Xoco starts receiving COVID-19 patients
Mexico City Head of the Government Claudia Sheinbaum reported that the temporary Citibanamex Center healthcare unit has 24 people infected with COVID-19. She explained that this center is for low risk patients relocated from other hospitals because they don’t need a highly specialized service. Sheinbaum also said that Xoco General Hospital will start receiving COVID-19 patients.
Insabi reports on supplies distribution
Up to the end of April, Insabi distributed 12 million safety equipment pieces for health personnel equipment (such as KN95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, goggles and plastic masks) 161,002 diagnostic tools and laboratory equipment items and more than 1.3 million pieces of equipment, medicines and all kind of goods, the institute reported in a statement. These supplies were imported through the airlift agrees by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) with China.
López-Gatell praises governors
Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell expressed his gratitude to governors and health authorities, after reporting that “we are managing to reduce infections and flattening the curve in every state”. In a video message López-Gatell said there is a platform created by the federal government to update the positive case count in real time and the rate of hospital bed occupancy to prevent saturations before they can happen.