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Map of the coronavirus in Mexico August 31

In Mexico, 595,841 COVID-19 infections and 64,158 deaths have been registered since the start of the pandemic on February 28; However, 4,129 new cases of infections were reported in the last 24 hours, as well as 339 new deaths.

Today the new epidemiological traffic light comes into force in Mexico, where 10 entities turn yellow, 21 turn orange and only Colima is red.

The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gattel recalled that week 36 began yesterday, therefore, the information closed at week 34. He explained that the positivity of the virus remains in decline, with 43% of people who have COVID symptoms and are tested positive.

However, at the end of week 33, a period of slowing down was observed, that is, the epidemic no longer decreased in that week in the same way that it had been decreasing in previous weeks.

Despite showing a reduction of -12% for the closing of week 34 , “we opened this week with a reduction that could not be sustained throughout the following week. Perhaps we will end up in a plateau stage again,” he said.

He also explained that “the epidemic does not descend in a monotonic way, that is, with a continuous descent, but rather has moments of stagnation, and is a kind of ladder.”

He assured that despite the fact that cases have been counted since the beginning of the pandemic, what is relevant epidemiologically speaking are active cases, those that presented symptoms in the last 15 days, and that at the moment those are 41,959 cases, that is, they represent 7 % of the epidemic in Mexico.

In this sense, Mexico City is the entity with the highest number of active cases, followed by Nuevo León, Guanajuato, Estado de México, Coahuila, Jalisco, Yucatán, Puebla, and San Luis Potosí as the entities with more than 1,000 active cases and that together they concentrate 59.8% of the active cases in the country.

Mexico only reports COVID-19 cases that are diagnosed in the public healthcare system, private hospitals and laboratories are not reported. Also, Mexico only tests those people who are symptomatic, so the real number of cases are believed to be much larger than reported from the government.

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