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Cases Could Reach 26,519 According to New Estimation

By Ricardo Guzman | Wed, 04/08/2020 - 21:37

According to the Sentinel Model, positive cases of COVID-19 among the population are likely to be eight times greater than what being seen. Thus the 3,181 total confirmed cases reported in today’s daily briefing could in reality be 26,519 cases, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said.

After explaining that despite the increase of cases neither the emergency phase or the contingency plan need to change, López-Gatell highlighted the effectiveness of the Sentinel Model given that “it shows how the epidemic behaves, and what decisions have to be made according to reality”.

Regarding sanitation tunnels used in some states, López-Gattel explained that they represent a health risk because, if they are not operated properly, people may experience respiratory irritation, which can lead to a spread of the virus.

Thirty-three patients died and 396 more confirmed cases were reported today, Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said. Of the 29,578 people tested during the contingency 17,000 have been discharged.


As of Wednesday, April 8

396         new cases (from yesterday)

3,181     confirmed cases nationwide

9,188     under investigation

174         deaths


Impact on markets (19.30 hrs)

US Dollar              MX$24.09            (0.22%)

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More laboratories will do tests

Grupo Diagnostico Aries, Grupo Diagnostico Médico Proa (El Chopo), Orthin Specialized Reference, Unit of Clinical Pathology, Clinical Laboratories of Puebla (Clínica Ruiz), Salud Digna, Laboratorio Juárez, Corporate Group Biochemistry Siglo XXI, LSG Clinicos Mexicali and LANS Reference Laboratories joined the list of private laboratories validated to perform COVID-19 diagnostic tests, after being approved by the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE). Now, the total number of laboratories and hospitals authorized to preform tests had reached 18.

Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor