39,485 Deaths, 349,396 Positive CasesBy Ricardo Guzman | Mon, 07/20/2020 - 21:20
The Ministry of Health reported 301 new deaths from COVID-19 since yesterday, increasing the national death toll to 39,485. Over 5,172 more confirmed positive cases brought the accumulated figure to 349,396.
During today’s briefing, Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said that the national occupancy of general hospital beds for COVID-19 patients is at 46 percent, with Nuevo León, Nayarit and Tabasco reporting the highest figures. Across the country, ICU capacity is at 39 percent.
Estimated active cases – this is the addition of both confirmed and suspicious cases- rose to 46,820.
Alomía said to date there are 79,112 suspected cases which are still awaiting results. The confirmed cases in the world neared 14.7 million, according to the World Health Organization.
As of Monday, July 20
5,172 new cases (from yesterday)
349,396 confirmed cases nationwide
79,112 under investigation
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