485 Deaths, 5,752 Cases Since YesterdayBy Ricardo Guzman | Wed, 07/29/2020 - 20:47
The Ministry of Health reported 485 new deaths from COVID-19 in Mexico bringing the total to 45,361. A further 5,752 cases in the last 24 hours raised the total to 408,449 positive cases.
Joined by Minister of Heath Jorge Alcocer and Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell, Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said over 455,087 patients have negative for the virus so far while 267,147 have fully recovered.
Regarding global efforts to develop a vaccine, Minister Jorge Alcocer said some “very effective” projects are being developed but that these investigations are complicated and results some times are uncertain. “For the epidemic there is no specific treatment. The virus cannot be eliminated and reinfections are inevitable and cyclical,” he said. Alcocer also warned that so far there is no an authorized treatment to treat patients infected by the new virus.
As of Wednesday, July 29
5,752 new cases (from yesterday)
408,449 confirmed cases nationwide
89,978 under investigation
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