4 Coronavirus cases confirmed in Yucatan

Another 7 suspicious cases are awaiting test results

Passengers arriving by bus are checked for virus symptoms at the Merida ADO terminal. Photo: Courtesy
Passengers arriving by bus are checked for virus symptoms at the Merida ADO terminal. Photo: Courtesy

The Yucatan health secretary said Monday that three more patients tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the number of active cases in the state to four.

The first patient, a 57-year-old woman who had traveled to Spain, has been discharged from the hospital and has returned home to be self-quarantined. The three new patients were not identified.

At a press conference, Yucatan Health Secretary Mauricio Sauri Vivas explained that eight potential cases that were reported last Saturday. Five tested negative, two were positive and one is still under analysis. Between Sunday and Monday, eight new potential cases came forward, with one testing positive for coronavirus.

The other seven are awaiting test results.

The official explained the patients are demonstrating mild symptoms and are isolated at home, under care by health authorities.

Merida is coping with the pandemic by shutting down institutions such as museums and schools. On the coast, cruise ships have stopped coming. While restaurants and grocery stores are still open and tourists are still seen roaming the streets, Facebook groups are filled with warnings from expats to stay home and self-quarantine for the time being.

Across Mexico, the government reports 82 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and of those, 87 percent are mild, outpatient instances.

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