Izamal increases security measures after a local woman dies from a coronavirus infection. Photo: Courtesy

A day after announcing the city’s first COVID-19 case, Izamal Mayor Fermín Sosa Lugo announced the city’s first COVID-19 fatality.

The death of the 45-year-old victim marks three consecutive days of coronavirus fatalities in the state, and all the victims were women.

Later Saturday, the state health department announced a 68-year-old man, who struggled with obesity and lived alone, also died. The video press conference did not recognize the woman in Izamal, whose cause of death was not yet confirmed and registered in state health department records. As of Saturday evening the official fatality count in Yucatan stands at seven.

Health officials reported 106 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Yucatan, up 13 in one day. Of those, 14 are in rough enough shape to require hospitalization. Another 19 have mild symptoms and are recovering at home, under quarantine. The rest have recovered.

The woman had a history of chronic degenerative diseases, as had other patients who did survive the infection. Patients with pre-existing conditions appear less likely to recover from COVID-19.

Sosa Lugo mourned the death and offered his support to the family, and then announced increased security measures and a 9 p.m. citywide curfew.

“Today we are reinforcing security measures to avoid infections that could have unfortunate consequences,” he wrote.

He announced that the National Guard will monitor the streets and enforce the stay-at-home orders.

“We will be watching that from 9 o’clock at night people are in their houses protected. If you go on a motorcycle do it yourself. We know that on many occasions this is very uncomfortable, but it is for our health and for our well-being,” he wrote.

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