The Health Secretary reported on Thursday that Mexico adds 4 million 257 thousand 776 cases and 300 thousand 912 deaths from COVID-19.
In the last 24 hours, the country registered 43 thousand 523 infections and 148 deaths from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
The more than 43,000 infections represent the second highest number of cases, in addition to the fact that 33,626 and 44,187 cases were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Despite these figures, Mexico remains the sixteenth country in the world in number of confirmed infections and is the fifth with the most deaths from this cause, behind U.S, Brazil, India Y Russia, according to the count of the Universidad Johns Hopkins.
The health authorities recognize that, based on death certificates, the country may be close to 451,000 deaths and they estimate that Mexico actually accumulates 4,501,577 infections.
Of the number of confirmed cases, there are 257 thousand 283 active, who have presented symptoms during the last 14 days and account for 5.7% of the total.
In addition, since the start of the pandemic, 3 million 383 thousand 566 people have recovered.
The average occupancy of general beds in Mexican hospitals stands at 26% and the use of intensive care beds at 16%.
Just on Tuesday, the undersecretary of Health, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, in charge of managing the pandemic in Mexico, asked people who have been in contact with a positive covid-19 not to take a test and limit themselves to isolation.
Taking the test is not going to change our decision to isolate ourselves to protect other people from getting infected, instead of running to the kiosk to take a test, what you have to do is stay home, ”said the official.
In recent days, long lines of people have been seen in Mexico seeking -sometimes unsuccessfully- to take a test in public and private centers.
Unlike other countries, Mexico spent Christmas holidays without restrictions due to the pandemic. And despite the rise in infections, the Mexican government has defended its management of the health crisis and has ruled out a fourth wave of covid-19.
Regarding deaths, Mexico City, the focus of the pandemic, accumulates about 18% of all deaths nationwide.
Vaccination plan against COVID-19 in Mexico
The authorities also indicated that within the vaccination program 153.67 million doses have been administered, adding 917,880 during the last day.
The Government of Mexico affirms that it is the seventh country that has applied the most doses in absolute numbers.
Of its 126 million inhabitants, 82.62 million in the country have at least one dose of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, 74.76 million have completed their vaccination schedule.
Since the end of December 2020, 201.29 million doses of vaccines from the United States have arrived in Mexico Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson Y Modern, the British AstraZeneca, the Russian Sputnik V and the Chinese CanSino Y Sinovac.
In addition, the Mexican government said last week that it hopes to have the Cuban vaccine Abdala against covid-19 in the second quarter of 2022 and would be considered as a booster dose.
With information from EFE and López-Dóriga Digital