Mexico reports 8,074 new infections and 544 deaths from covid-19

Mexico reports 8,074 new infections and 544 deaths from covid-19

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Dozens of people wait their turn to take the test to detect covid-19, in a kiosk installed in the capital of the country. EFE / José Pazos / Archive

Mexico, Jan 18 (EFE) .- Mexico reported 8,074 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours for a total of 1,649,502 confirmed cases, authorities of the Ministry of Health reported this Monday.
In addition, 544 new deaths were recorded, bringing the number of fatalities to 141,248
With these data, Mexico ranks thirteenth in the world in the number of infections and remains the fourth country in the world with the most deaths from the pandemic, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to the US Johns Hopkins University.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Mexico, 4,139,021 patients have been studied with a positivity rate of 44%, reported the director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía, at a press conference.
Among the patients studied there are 1,649,502 who had a positive for the viral infection, 2,075,246 with a negative result and 414,273 who remain as suspected cases.

In addition, he highlighted that 1,237,321 patients are classified as recovered persons.
The projections of the Mexican authorities indicate that in their country there are 1,839,876 estimated cases and that 6% of them, 98,554 are those that represent the active epidemic in Mexico, as they are patients who developed their symptoms in the last 14 days.
The national occupancy of general hospital beds is 60% and the states with the highest rates are Mexico City (89%) and Guanajuato and the State of Mexico (86%).

While the occupancy of beds with a fan are Mexico City (86%) and the State of Mexico (78%)

The health authorities also reported that in the country until this Monday a total of 492,529 doses of vaccine against covid-19 had been applied, all of them to medical personnel.

Of those vaccinated, 6,546 have already received the full treatment, that is, two doses.
Mexico seeks to vaccinate its almost 130 million inhabitants with a plan that is already underway and whose completion is scheduled for March 2022, with an investment of 32,000 million pesos (about 1,600 million dollars).

In the first stage, it aims to vaccinate health personnel and in the second, some 15 million seniors.
This Monday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that Mexico agrees to reduce requests for the dose of the Pfizer vaccine so that the United Nations (UN) receives a quantity of the biological and can deliver it to poor countries.
Mexico has agreements for 34.4 million doses from Pfizer, 77.4 million from Britain’s AstraZeneca, 35 million from CanSino and 34.4 million from the Covax platform of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is also considering the purchase of 24 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V.

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