Hospital Bed Occupation Reaches 77 Percent in Mexico CityBy Ricardo Guzman | Sun, 05/17/2020 - 21:23
The Ministry of Health reported that 5,177 people have died of COVID-19 while there are 49,219 confirmed cases. Of the total confirmed cases, 11,105 are active.
During Sunday’s briefing Deputy Minister of Heath Hugo López-Gatell reported that 77 percent of the hospital beds for COVID-19 patients are occupied in Mexico City while the occupancy of hospital beds with ventilators is at 69 percent. “There are several states with high infection rates including Mexico City, the Valley of Mexico and neighboring municipalities,” López-Gatell warned.
As of Sunday, May 17
2,075 new cases (from yesterday)
49,219 confirmed cases nationwide
27,507 under investigation
President announce steps for companies
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the requirements that companies must meet in order to reopen after being declared “essential”. In a video message, the president stated that the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Health and IMSS have already defined the rules, so construction, mining and auto parts manufacturing companies can resume activities. First, each company must answer a questionnaire and sign a commitment. The president said that instead of a supervision scheme a trust model must be established. Also, a lottery will define random inspections to verify compliance by the companies.
Blood donation campaign
After IMSS reported that blood donations have fallen by 60 percent due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the institution’s head Zoé Robledo said that on Monday a national campaign will be presented, aiming to promote blood donation. “Since the pandemic began, donation to our banks have decreased by 60 percent. We need blood for all diseases, in addition to coronavirus,” he said.
Pandemic hit hardest in The Americas
The Americas is the most affected region in the world with more than 1.96 million COVID-19 cases, followed by Europe and the Middle East, the WHO has reported. Global infections reached 4.7 million on Sunday, while 314,500 people have died. A daily average of 80,000 infections and 5,000 deaths is reported.
PEMEX reports 1,048 cases
PEMEX has reported 1,048 positive cases and 135 deaths of COVID-19 whileover 5,179 suspected cases have been tested. Of the infections, 422 patients were discharged, 308 remain in home isolation, 153 are hospitalized and isolated, and 30 are in intensive care. Of the 135 deaths, 49 were in retirees, 40 in family members, 44 in workers and two external collaborators.
‘Municipalities of Hope’ named
The 324 ‘Municipalities of Hope’ that can resume activities starting tomorrow are located in 14 states, with 213 of them in Oaxaca. According to the list published by the Ministry of Health, those municipalities have no COVID-19 infections recorded there or in neighboring municipalities in the last 28 days. Governors and mayors will have the final word on how and when to reopen.