Mexico Adds Average of 150 Cases Every DayBy Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 04/02/2020 - 22:09
The Ministry of Health confirmed 13 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 50, while 132 more positive cases were recorded in 24 hours. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 1,510, the ministry’s Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía reported. The officer explained that the largest number of confirmed cases is still registered among young adults with an average age of 43. Mexico City presents the highest concentration of cases with 327 confirmed. It is also the presents the majority of the country’s deaths, with 14. Alomía said that there is still no accelerated growth of the virus, and that since last week, an average of 150 daily cases have been added. As of today, 7,822 have tested negative for the virus. “Being an older adult will continue to be a risk factor for developing the disease,” he said.
As of Thursday, April 2
132 new cases (from yesterday)
1,510 confirmed cases nationwide
4,653 under investigation
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Development banks support
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Barclays lowers GDP expectation
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