Yucatan Gov. Mauricio Vila delivered 12 new ambulances to the state health department, fully equipped to transfer of patients with coronavirus. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatan health officials on Monday announced a modest day-over-day decline in new COVID-19 cases and fatalities, with 152 infections and 23 deaths in the past 24 hours. That is 74 fewer new infections and seven fewer deaths than the day before.

Most new infections, 90, were in Mérida, followed by nine in Buctzotz, seven in Tekax, six in Valladolid, five in Kanasín and Motul; four in Teabo and Tizimín; three in Ticul and Umán; two in Celestún, Cenotillo , Oxkutzcab, Uayma and one case in Acanceh, Chapab, Halachó, Kinchil, Progreso and Tunkás. Two people from outside the state or country were also infected.

The deceased were 17 men and 6 women ranging in age from 45 to 86 and had previous illnesses. Fifteen resided in Mérida, two from Umán, one from abroad, and one each in Halachó, Progreso, Seyé, Ticul and Valladolid.

It was reported that 6,968 people, around 74.5%, have recovered from coronavirus since the first cases appeared in Yucatan.

Current patients include 383 who are stable, isolated in their homes and under the supervision of health personnel. The remaining 498 are hospitalized, nine fewer than Sunday. Monday was the second consecutive day hospitalizations declined after the tally dropped by one on Sunday. Friday and Saturday’s surge in demand for hospital beds totaled 53 new admissions in 48 hours.

Since the crisis began in March, 8,881 cases and 1,332 coronavirus deaths have been reported. The real number is generally believed to be much higher, but undetected due to limited testing.