Mexico City and State of Mexico Report 12,182 CasesBy Ricardo Guzman | Wed, 05/06/2020 - 21:31
The Ministry of Health reported an increase of 1,609 positive COVID-19 cases and 197 deaths to take the country’s total to 2,704 deaths and 27,634 total positive cases in today’s briefing. Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said Mexico City has reported 7,521 cases so far and State of Mexico 4,661, totaling 12,182 infections in total and marking the metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico as the country’s highest concentration. Baja California’s 2,097 cases place the border state in third place.
Alomía explained that according to the IRAG Network, the occupation of hospital beds occupation has reached 33 percent meaning that 13,594 beds are still free.
1,609 new cases (from yesterday)
27,634 confirmed cases nationwide
17,553 under investigation
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