Downtown pedestrian areas were expanded in Merida to help keep shoppers and workers socially distanced. Photo: Courtesy

After declining slightly at the beginning of the week, new coronavirus infections shot up by a record 237 in a single day, Yucatan health authorities said Wednesday.

Since the crisis began in March, 7,813 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 882 deaths have occurred in Yucatan. Around 79% of the patients have recovered.

New cases included 139 in Merida, 20 in Valladolid, 14 in Ticul, nine each in Progreso and Tizimin; seven in Umán; four in Kanasín, Oxkutzcab and Tekax; three in Maxcanú and Peto, two from outside Yucatan; two each in Cacalchén, Chemax, Conkal, Hunucmá and Izamal, and one each in Acanceh, Chicxulub Pueblo, Halachó, Mayapán, Muna, Suma, Teabo, Tinum and Ucú.

Of the active cases, 286 are being treated at home while 451 are in the hospital, 16 fewer than the day before. More hospital patients were awaiting a diagnosis.

Deaths in the past 24 hours included 20 men and 12 women ranging in age from 34 to 84 and who suffered from various diseases such as diabetes, obesity and chronic kidney failure.

Of the deaths, 15 were in Merida, three in Umán and Valladolid, two in Chemax and one in Acanceh, Cacalchén, Chankom, Hunucmá, Kanasín, Muna, Samahil, Tecoh and Temozón.

Nationally

Mexico’s Health Ministry reported 6,019 new infections and 790 additional fatalities, bringing the total to 362,274 cases and 41,190 deaths.

The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

Latin America has exceeded the 4 million mark after Brazil reported a record number of cases.