Mexico reports 296 new deaths and 3,307 new cases from coronavirus

People with face masks walk through the streets of the Historic Center today, in Mexico City (Mexico). EFE / Madla Hartz

Mexico City, Nov 30 (EFE) .- Mexico reported 296 new deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, to reach 294,246 deaths, and 3,307 new infections, for a total of 3,887,873, as reported this Tuesday the Ministry of Health.
With these figures, Mexico remains the fourth country with the most deaths from covid-19, behind the United States, Brazil and India, and the fifteenth in number of confirmed infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
The country adds more than 17 consecutive weeks of decline in infections after a third wave that reached its peak between July and August.
The health authorities recognize that, based on the death certificates, the pandemic would be around 440,000 deaths in the country and estimate that Mexico actually accumulates 4,110,454 infections.
Of the number of cases, there are 20,906 active, who have presented symptoms during the last 14 days and account for 0.5% of the total.
In addition, 3,245,219 people have recovered since the start of the pandemic.
The average occupancy of general beds in Mexican hospitals stands at 16% and the use of intensive care beds at 13%.
Regarding deaths, Mexico City, the focus of the pandemic, accumulates about 18% of all deaths nationwide.
From Monday to December 14, 27 of the 32 states of the country entered the epidemiological risk traffic light in green (low risk of infections) and five in yellow (medium risk), none in orange (high risk) or in red (maximum risk).
Given the recent recognition of omicron as a variant “of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mexican health authorities indicated that they are updating genomic surveillance protocols for the intentional search for this variant.
“What is happening with the new variant is that the vaccines did not reach Africa. It is not that the new variant is terrible, it is that the poor were abandoned, as it usually happens,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday.
At the same press conference, the Mexican strategist against the pandemic, Hugo López-Gatell, took “for granted” that omicron will reach Mexico and the rest of the countries of the world, but considered that the effectiveness of the vaccines “is still valid” .
The authorities also indicated that within the vaccination program, which includes all those over 18 years of age, more than 132.6 million doses have been applied, adding 213,915 during the last day.
So far, 76.8 million people over the age of 18 have at least one dose. That is, 85% of the total population of legal age.
Of that total, 85% (65.03 million) have received the complete scheme.
Since the end of December 2020, 175.23 million vaccines have arrived in Mexico from various pharmaceutical companies, such as the US companies Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, the British AstraZeneca, the Russian Sputnik V and the Chinese CanSino and Sinovac.
On Monday, vaccination of minors between 15 and 17 years old without comorbidities began in several states, previously, children and young people between 12 and 17 years old with comorbidities were inoculated with the vaccine.

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