COVID-19 Live Updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico
The COVID-19 can be prevented through basic hygiene - Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP

COVID-19 Live Updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico

15/03/2020
11:13
EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales
Mexico City
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Mexican authorities hold news conferences every day to provide updates on the number of suspected and confirmed  COVID-19 cases in the country. Some of the authorities in charge of the conferences are Dr. Hugo López Gatell, the Vice Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion, and Dr. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, the general director of Epidemiology.

On March 26, health authorities confirmed 717 cases in Mexico. Every single state in the country has at least one confirmed case. There are also 2475 suspected cases.

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Authorities have confirmed twelve deaths due to COVID-19: the first one on March 18, a 41-year-old man with diabetes; the second one on March 19, a 74-year-old man with hypertension; the third one on March 23, a 55-year-old man in Jalisco; the fourth one, a 71-year-old man in Mexico City on the same day; the fifth one on March 24, a woman in Mexico City; the sixth one on March 25, a 70-year-old man in San Luis Potosí with hypertension, obesity, and smoking-use antecedents; the seventh and eighth ones on March 26, a 42-year-old man in the State of Mexico and a 28-year-old man in Mexico City; the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth deaths were reported on March 27 in Jalisco (2), Michoacán, and San Luis Potosí.

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Dr. López Gatell, an experienced epidemiologist, has said that although the virus will start to propagate at a greater speed, people can prevent the outbreak by constantly washing their hands or using hand sanitizer, among other measures.

Protect yourself from COVID-19

Furthermore, the World Health Organization has issued several recommendations to protect yourself:

1. Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water.

2. Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth and then enter the body.

4. Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

5. Medical attention: Seek medical attention early if you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Stay home if you feel sick.

Who is Dr. Hugo López Gatell?

He is a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine and holds a Master in Medical Sciences and Doctor in Epidemiology.

He has extensive experience in academy and public service. Dr. López Gatell has served as general director of Epidemiology and National Focal Point for International Health Regulations, as well as Director of Innovation in Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control of the Research Center on Infectious Diseases (CISEI), and Director of National Health Surveys, at the National Institute of Public Health.

Furthermore, he was a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), located in the U.S.

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