Mexico registered this Wednesday 60,552 new infections of Covid-19, a new historical number of daily cases reported by the Ministry of Health since the coronavirus pandemic began in February 2020.
This is the second record registered in the week, after yesterday the federal agency reported 49,343 new confirmed cases. The accumulated number of infections nationwide since the arrival of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 amounted to 4 million 495,310 cases.
The daily technical report on the progress of the epidemic in the country also highlights that 323 new deaths were reported, for a total of 302,112. deaths from Covid-19.
According to the authorities, 3 million 551,283 people have recovered after suffering from Covid-19 in the country.
The federal agency detailed that 325,234 active cases are estimated, that is, people who have presented symptoms of the coronavirus in the last 14 days. The rapid increase in active cases has been attributed to the arrival of Omicron, characterized by being more infectious than the other variants of Covid-19 that have been detected.
The states with the highest rate of active cases per 100,000 inhabitants are:
- Baja California Sur
- Mexico City
- San Luis Potosi
Regarding hospital capacity, it maintains a slight increase, but constant in the occupation of beds.
General beds for the care of patients with Covid-19 It is 37%, three percentage points more than what was reported yesterday, while beds with a fan for serious cases register 20% occupancy.
Vaccination against Covid-19 advances
As of Tuesday, January 18, the Ministry of Health applied 726,643 vaccines against Covid-19, for a total of 157,145,915 doses supplied throughout the country.
The federal government highlighted that 83 million 2,950 people have been immunized against the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, of which 76 million 6,592 people have complete schemes.
What are the symptoms of the Omicron variant of Covid-19?
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there is still no certain evidence that the symptoms of the Omicron variant are different from those of other variants. However, various studies around the world are finding small differences in symptoms presented in patients with the new variant, for example, it is more infectious in the nasal upper respiratory tract, has less disease in the lower respiratory tract (pulmonary) and has a higher risk of reinfection , even in patients who already had the infection or a complete vaccination schedule.
A study published by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the most common symptom of people infected with the Omicron variant is a dry cough, which affects up to 89% of people; others are fatigue (65%), nasal congestion (59%), fever (38%), nausea and vomiting (22%), in addition to headaches, body aches and sore throats, all presented mildly and from two to five days. These are some differences to the inconvenience caused by the original virus.
(With information from Nelly Toche).