Reduction is Expected in the Next Seven to 14 DaysBy Ricardo Guzman | Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:23
Twenty-nine deaths and 1,215 confirmed cases were reported in the March 31 COVID-19 briefing. Of the total infected cases, 16 percent are hospitalized, 5 percent are in a serious condition and 1 percent is intubated. According to Ministry of Health officials, Quintana Roo is the state with the highest accumulated incidence rate, which is calculated based on the population of each entity. The youngest person to die from the pathogen was 37 years old and the oldest 85. Over 6,282 patients have tested negative for the virus so far.
Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said that in a period of 7 to 14 days a reduction of infections should be seen in the epidemiological curve, as long as the people comply with the healthy distance protocol.
As of Tuesday, March 31
121 new cases (from yesterday)
1,215 confirmed cases nationwide
3,511 under investigation
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