Over 400,000 Cases; Almost 45,000 DeathsBy Ricardo Guzman | Tue, 07/28/2020 - 21:35
The Ministry of Health confirmed 854 patients have died from COVID-19 increasing the accumulated death toll to 44,876 nationwide. A further 7,208 cases reported since yesterday increased the total to 402,697 positive cases, 49,678 of which are “estimated active cases” representing the segment that could transmit the virus.
“We have seen two continuous weeks with a decrease of four percent,” Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said during the 151st special briefing held in National Place and day number 58 since the “new normal” was adopted.
In the framework of the World Hepatitis Day, Alomía warned that in Mexico there are between 400,000 and 600,000 people living with hepatitis, but not everyone that has the condition is aware.
As of Tuesday, July 28
7,208 new cases (from yesterday)
402,697 confirmed cases nationwide
87,538 under investigation
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