Mexico’s Health Ministry estimates there are 26,000 COVID-19 cases in the country

09/04/2020
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12:37
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Teresa Moreno
Mexico’s Health Ministry estimates there are 26,000 COVID-19 cases in the country
The Sentinel Surveillance method was developed by the U.S., the World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization in 1995 - Photo: Carlos Mejía/EL UNIVERSAL

Mexico’s Health Ministry estimates there are 26,000 COVID-19 cases in the country

09/04/2020
12:37
Teresa Moreno
Mexico City
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Sentinel Surveillance is used to monitor the “rate of occurrence of specific conditions to assess the stability or change in health levels of a population”

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The Health Ministry estimates there are 26,000 COVID-19 cases in the country. This means that for every case that has been confirmed there are 8 other cases that haven’t been detected by the health system because the person didn’t see a doctor or because they didn’t get tested for coronavirus.

During a news conference, Dr. Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s COVID-19 czar, explained the numbers were obtained through the Sentinel Surveillance technique, a scientific method used to monitor the“rate of occurrence of specific conditions to assess the stability or change in health levels of a population. It is also the study of disease rates in a specific cohort such as in a geographic area or population subgroup to estimate trends in a larger population.”

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Therefore, Mexico has 3,181 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 174 coronavirus-related deaths, and an estimated 26,174 COVID-19 cases. 

Dr. López-Gatell explained Mexican authorities are using the Sentinel Surveillance method, which was developed by the U.S., the World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization in 1995.

The Sentinel Surveillance program has allowed the country to understand the way COVID-19 behaves and aid in the process to make decisions to prevent and control the disease.

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