Valladolid’s “Amigos de Salud” program enlists orange-clad workers to remind citizens to remain on guard against coronavirus. Photo: Courtesy

While daily new infections rose by 18, the good news in Wednesday’s health ministry briefing was that daily fatalities in Yucatan dropped along with hospitalizations.

Another 162 new cases were announced by the SSY, bringing to 13,125 the number of cases in the state since the coronavirus crisis arrived in March. But 118 were declared free of the virus in the last 24 hours for an overall recovery rate of 79%.

The SSY also announced 23 fatalities, the first time in 10 days that the number fell below 30.

Hospitals in Yucatan are caring for 498 patients, 27 fewer than the day before, and a significant relief for an overstressed health-care system. That is the fewest hospital patients since July 21. Another 530 patients are well enough to recover at home, the first time in recent memory that patients in their own quarters outnumbered those admitted to a hospital.

Of the new positive cases, 99 were found in Merida, 10 in Tizimín, eight in Ticul and Valladolid, five in Kanasín and Tekax, three in Peto, Temozón, Umán and Yaxcabá; two in Progreso, and one in Akil, Baca, Chapab, Chemax, Chichimilá, Cuncunul, Dzitás, Izamal, Maxcanú, Panabá, Tinum and Tixcacalcupul.

Fatalities included 14 men and 9 women ranging between the ages of 34 to 90. They also suffered from various diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, chronic kidney failure, COPD, heart disease and dyslipidemia.

Ten of the dead were from Mérida, two each from Tecoh, Umán and Tizimín and one each in Akil, Dzan, Hoctún, Homún, Hunucmá, Tekax and Ticul.

Of the total of 13,125 positive cases, 10,356 are recovered people who no longer have symptoms or can infect. Another 530 remain stable, isolated and with mild symptoms, and 498 are hospitalized in total isolation. The age range of positive cases is from one month to 99 years.

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