COVID cases keep rising as death toll approaches 300,000

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Mexico recorded its highest single-day tally of latest coronavirus cases since late August on Wednesday, whereas the official COVID-19 death toll approached 300,000.

The Health Ministry reported 20,626 new cases, elevating the accrued tally to simply underneath 4.03 million. An extra 94 COVID-related fatalities lifted the death toll to 299,805.

Only 4 international locations – the United States, Brazil, India and Russia – have recorded extra pandemic deaths than Mexico.

Mexico’s fatality charge is 7.4 per 100 confirmed cases, the very best among the many 20 international locations presently most affected by COVID, in response to knowledge compiled by John Hopkins University. Its mortality charge is 235 per 100,000 individuals, the twenty fifth highest on this planet. Peru ranks first with 624 COVID deaths per 100,000 individuals adopted by Bulgaria (449) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (410).

Mexico’s estimated lively case tally rose to 80,510 on Wednesday, a 31% enhance in comparison with Tuesday. Baja California Sur stays the nation’s COVID epicenter with virtually 700 lively cases per 100,000 individuals. That’s greater than triple the per capita charge in Mexico City, which ranks second for present infections with simply over 200 per 100,000 residents.

Quintana Roo ranks third with about 200 lively cases per 100,000 individuals. No different state has greater than 100.

In different COVID-19 information:

• Baja California has turn out to be the primary state to make presenting a vaccination certificates obligatory for purchasers who want to enter institutions such as bars, eating places and nightclubs. The new rule, which can be policed by the State Commission for Protection in opposition to Health Risks, took impact Wednesday.

The similar rule entered into pressure within the municipality of Culiacán, Sinaloa, on Tuesday.

• Despite the nationwide enhance in case numbers as the extremely contagious omicron pressure continues to unfold, residents of Acapulco, Guerrero, have fewer moderately than extra choices in relation to getting examined. Two public testing stations the place individuals had been previously capable of get examined freed from cost are now not in operation after being dismantled final month, the newspaper Reforma reported.

It is unclear whether or not they are going to be arrange once more. Acapulco presently has 192 lively cases, in response to the Guerrero authorities, greater than every other municipality within the state.

• The Mazatlán International Carnival won’t go forward in late February and early March if coronavirus case numbers are excessive at the moment, stated Sinaloa Health Minister Héctor Cuén.

He informed a press convention that the Sinaloa General Health Council has the authority to cancel the annual occasion – per week of nonstop festivities – if it deems it to be a public well being danger. “We put the health of sinaloenses first,” Cuén stated.

• Gaining entry to a COVID-19 check within the public well being system is turning into harder as demand will increase, however an alternative choice for individuals who need or must get examined is non-public labs. Visitors to Mexico who require a damaging check end result to return house can get examined at such labs, whereas testing providers are additionally out there on the nation’s main airports.

Aeroméxico has an alliance with sure laboratories with unique advantages for individuals with bookings on that airline and Delta Air. More particulars in regards to the alliance, and personal lab testing areas in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Cancún, can be found on the Aeroméxico web site.

Some states embrace constructive check outcomes from non-public lab exams of their coronavirus case knowledge however the federal authorities – to Mexico News Daily’s greatest information – doesn’t, that means that infections are considerably underreported.

With studies from La Voz de la Frontera, Reforma and Noroeste 

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