504 New Deaths, 5,928 InfectionsBy Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 08/21/2020 - 20:49
The Ministry of Health reported 504 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 59,610. A further 5,928 infections since yesterday were confirmed increasing the national total to 549,734 positive cases.
Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell reported 1,239,133 people have been tested, and 46 percent were positive. He recalled that COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, head and body aching, in addition to loss of smell and taste and diarrhea, which were added among the conditions that could indicate a positive case.
“For example: having rapid breathing which is called tachypnea. Drowsiness and paleness can also indicate some sign, and you should go to the doctor”, López-Gatell said.
Worldwide there are over 22.8 million positive cases and 800,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data base.
As of Friday, August 21
5,928 new cases (from yesterday)
549,734 confirmed cases nationwide
82,953 under investigation
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