In Mexico the number of cases of COVID-19 increased to 405 confirmed patients, reported the Ministry of Health (SSa). Furthermore, the figure of fatalities increased to five, one more than this Monday.
The fifth death was that of a woman, the first in the country, from the country’s capital. Earlier, a Mexican man died in Peru from the same condition.
Further, there are 1,219 suspected cases and 2,161 negative cases. Of the total confirmed cases, 62% are men and 38% are women. 90% of these patients are ambulatory and 10% are hospitalized.
Among patients hospitalized for coronavirus, 7% is stable, 2% has recovered, 1% is serious and there are no intubated patients.
Among the deaths, 80% (four cases) are men and 20% (one case) are women. 60% were treated at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), 20% were treated at SSa facilities and the remaining 20% were treated at private hospitals.
Three patients (two men and one woman) died in the Mexican capital, one in Durango and another man in Jalisco. The median age of fatalities is 61 years: the youngest was 41 years old and the oldest person was 77 years old.
Among the fatal cases, 60% had obesity and diabetes. 40% suffered from hypertension and 20% suffered from chronic kidney failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known by its initials, COPD.
Hugo López Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, assured during the press conference this Tuesday that the preventive and mitigation measures taken by the Mexican government They contemplate that the epidemic lengthens and thus allow health services not to collapse.
López-Gatell had already declared earlier, and formally, that the country entered phase two of the three coronavirus contingency phases established by the health authorities and the General Directorate of Epidemiology.
The second phase is characterized by community dispersion: the cases in the country are hundreds, the outbreaks are community, and the transmission is of third generation and superior. This means that COVID-19 spreads among the population without the need to have made a trip abroad.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented on Tuesday the measures that his government will adopt to face the coronavirus pandemic, in what he said is a new phase. “In addition to the medical antención plan, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense will act, with the Marine Plan, and with the plan DN III”, indicated the Mexican president.
For his part, José Rafael Ojeda Durán, Secretary of the Navy, announced that the Marine Plan to combat the coronavirus begins today, and they will be supporting when the Ministry of Health indicates it, he explained.
Plan DN III is an operational concept in its first phase of three, which are: preventive, relief and recovery. This plan contemplates using military hospitals, continue with the purchase and distribution of specialized drug equipment and the distribution of medical supplies.
As preventive measures before the imminent arrival of phase 2, Mexico City made the decision this Sunday to close museums, bars, clubs, discos, steam baths, gyms, mass events in churches, cinemas, theaters, sports centers and zoos, as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These services have until Wednesday, to make the necessary adjustments before proceeding to their closure.
The Mexico state, which surrounds the Mexican capital and of which a part is considered a Metropolitan Area, where hundreds of thousands travel to the city, announced similar closings this Monday. These preventive measures are given in the start of the so-called National Day of Healthy Distance, which proposes to suspend massive events and reduce physical and social contact during the next month, as well as take special care of older people, who are among those most affected by the coronavirus.