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The Ministry of Health reported this Tuesday 49,343 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, a new record figure registered in the almost two years since the pandemic began in the country, for which the accumulated number of infections amounted to 4 million 434,758 infections.

In the daily technical report on the progress of the pandemic in the country, the death toll from coronavirus amounted to 301,789 deaths, after registering 320 new deaths, a figure not seen since November 2021.

The last time the federal agency reported more than 300 new registered deaths in 24 hours was on November 24 of last year, when 263 deaths were reported.

The federal agency estimates that nationwide there are 306,212 active cases, that is, people who have detected symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

As for hospitalizations, the occupation of general beds for the care of patients infected with the new coronavirus stands at 34%, three percentage points more than what was reported yesterday. While the occupancy of beds with a ventilator for the care of seriously ill patients rose two percentage points, to stand at 19 percent.

In the morning conference at the National Palace, the Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, reiterated that deaths and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are 10 times less than the number of infections registered so far, due to the fact that the Omicron variant It is characterized by causing a picture with “mild” symptoms.

“Cases are on the left-hand axis, which is 10 times greater than hospitalizations and deaths, it is a very substantial difference from the cases produced by the Omicron variant that grow rapidly, but hospitalizations and deaths do not grow rapidly” Lopez-Gatell explained.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, commented on Tuesday that “the pandemic is far from over” and warned that the “Omicron variant of Covid-19 is causing hospitalizations and deaths. And even less serious cases overwhelm health centers.”

The arrival of the Omicron variant, much more contagious than any other form of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus known so far, but which seems to cause less severe symptoms in vaccinated people, has launched the debate about whether the pandemic, declared in early 2020, will be endemic. A debate that implies that it will be less dangerous.

“We will not get rid of the virus this year,” warned the specialist. “We may never eradicate the virus. Viruses that cause pandemics are usually part of the ecosystem,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Advances in vaccination against Covid-19 in Mexico

At the cutoff of Monday, January 17, the federal government reported that 325,860 vaccines against Covid-19 were applied, for which a total of 156,419,272 doses were supplied nationwide since the vaccination plan began in December 2020.

According to the Ministry of Health, 82 million 952,806 people have already been inoculated against Covid-19 in the country, of which 75 million 809,119 have the complete vaccination schedule of one or two doses depending on the type of biological applied.

This Tuesday, the Government of Mexico City began with the application of the booster dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 for people aged 50 to 59 in its 16 municipalities.


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