Yucatan Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal, top left, video conferences with governors of other states to discuss their coronavirus responses and today’s reopening the economy after a prolonged coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Courtesy

Medical personnel detected 39 new coronavirus infections, Yucatan health officials said at the end of Yucatan’s first day slowly reopening the economy.

Select manufacturing industries, such as automotive and aerospace, resumed operations today. On Friday, Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal is expected to announce a more detailed timeline to bring businesses and schools back.

Meanwhile, fatalities continue daily. Five more people died with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

An 80-year-old Merida man, a 47-year-old woman from Tekom, a 52-year-old man from Homún, a 64-year-old man from Acanceh and a 70-year-old man from Hoctún all perished. Each had pre-existing conditions, such as obesity or hypertension, that likely complicated treatment.

The woman from Tekom lived with seven people, three of whom may have caught the virus. One required hospitalization.

That brings Yucatan’s official infection total to 1,164, of whom 734 have recovered. That includes 12 in the past 24 hours. But health officials calculate the true number of infections has topped 4,800.

Another 192 patients are stable and under home quarantine with medical supervision. There are 119 patients still in the hospital, three fewer than Sunday.

New cases that were tracked to a municipality included 16 in Merida, four each in Chikindzonot and Valladolid, two each in Chapab, Kanasín and Umán and one apiece in Abalá, Halachó, Huhí, Hunucmá, Izamal, Kinchil, Kopomá, Samahil and Tizimín.

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