The undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatellassured this Tuesday that Mexico is already in the descent phase of the fourth wave of Covid-19, and it is expected to maintain this decline in the following weeks.
During the morning conference of the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the undersecretary reported that there was a 31% reduction in estimated cases of the disease, in the fifth week of the year, which is beginning.
In addition, he added, the hospital occupation national 65% compared to the maximum figure recorded; also reduced the number of temporary work disability and the percent positivity.
López-Gatell reported that the percentage of occupation of fan beds to care for patients with coronavirus at the national level is 29%, while the occupation of general beds it is 47 percent. He said that in 25 of the 32 entities there is already a downward trend in hospital occupancy.
On the other hand, the federal official said that the Covid-19 mortality continues with an upward trend. He recalled that this phase of the epidemic has been characterized by unvaccinated“Whoever arrives at the hospital and who loses his life is most likely a person who has not been vaccinated or has not received the full vaccination schedule,” he said.
He said that these signs indicate that we have passed the peak of the fourth wave of Covid-19 in Mexico, dominated by the Omicron variant, and we are already in the descent phase, “what is expected is that this descent phase will continue in the following weeks, possibly at a speed similar to the ascent, to the extent that the Omicron variant also gives shorter periods of illness” , he indicated.
On the other hand, he reiterated that the opening of schools did not mean a rapid spread of Covid-19, since it was in the December vacation period when the fourth wave of coronavirus.
However, he said, “since the middle of January, this reduction in cases is also seen in children and adolescents who have been active in schools,” he said.
With respect to Vaccination Plan, the undersecretary said that Mexico accumulates 166 million 102,210 doses used in 83.6 million people, and only 6% remains to complete its vaccination schedule.
López-Gatell assured that 105% of health personnel already have their booster dose, indicating that this high percentage is due to the fact that some members of this group applied their booster by age group and not because they are health personnel.
Regarding the application of reinforcement to older adults, the advance is 63% and 19% in people between 40 and 59 years of age.
Until this Monday, Mexico accumulated 4 million 942,590 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 306,091 deaths.