Mexico Breaks Half-Million Cases BarrierBy Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 08/13/2020 - 21:31
Mexico has exceeded half a million COVID-19 confirmed cases according to data from the Ministry of Health. This agency detailed there are 505,751 accumulated cases so far after 7,371 were added since yesterday. Over 627 new deaths from there new virus increased the national death total to 55,293.
During today´s briefing Director of Epidemiology José Luis Alomía said there are two straight weeks of decline in cases. “The first (week) a slight decrease and the second one we see a sharper drop. Comparison from weeks 30 to 31 is minus 14 percent in the number of estimated cases,” he noted.
Worldwide positive cases are near 20.9 million, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) data.
As of Thursday, August 13
7,371 new cases (from yesterday)
505,751 confirmed cases nationwide
83,075 under investigation
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