Merida’s mercados close early to stem the spread of coronavirus. Photo: Sipse

Three more COVID-19 patients died Thursday, the most ever to have passed away in a single 24-hour-period in Yucatan.

That brings to 20 the number of people statewide who have died, including two foreigners brought here from a stranded cruise ship for treatment.

In addition, 35 more people in Yucatan tested positive for coronavirus Thursday.

Another 62 potential cases are still awaiting test results.

Among the deceased is a 94-year-old woman of Italian origin and residing in Merida. State health authorities reported she had a history of kidney and heart disease and chronic kidney failure. She lived with seven people and all have mild symptoms.

An 85-year-old woman from Mexico City, but living in Mérida, also died. While struggling with diabetes, a complicating factor, she also lived with seven people, of whom only two have mild symptoms.

A 52-year-old woman with a history of hypertension and obesity also succumbed to COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

Of 242 positive cases, 134 have recovered, including nine Thursday. Another 51 are in stable condition and at home under quarantine while 37, four more since Wednesday, are in the hospital. The patients range in age from 3 to 94.

The Yucatecan woman who was diagnosed in Canada continues to struggle in the hospital and is not counted in local statistics.

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