The Mexican government affirmed this Tuesday that “the maximum point” of the current fourth wave of covid-19, the highest in contagion figures, has passed, for which the country entered a “descent phase”.
“There are several signs that show us that we have already reached the acme point and we have passed the maximum point of this fourth wave of covid-19 in Mexico, dominated by the omicron variant, and we are already in the descent phase,” Hugo López declared. -Gatell, an official in charge of the pandemic in the country.
Mexico, which accumulates more than 4.9 million cases and 306,000 deaths from covid-19, the fifth-highest figure in the world, broke the records of infections for the entire pandemic in January, with a record of more than 60,000 registered on 19 from January.
But after more than a month of this fourth wave, which began in mid-December, López-Gatell highlighted the “positive news” of a 31% reduction in estimated cases at the beginning of this week.
“This is consistent with several other signs, such as the reduction in hospital occupancy, the reduction in temporary work disabilities, and the reduction in the percentage of positivity,” said López-Gatell, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion.
He added that “what is expected is that this descent phase will continue in the following weeks, possibly at a speed similar to the ascent.”
He also pointed out the decrease in hospitalizations with a downward trend in 25 of the 32 entities in Mexico.
Even so, occupation of 47% of general beds and 29% of intensive beds is maintained.
On the other hand, he acknowledged that “mortality is still on an upward trend”, although he attributed it to people who are not vaccinated.
The Government of Mexico has applied 166 million doses so that 89% of the adult population already has at least one dose.
In addition, the country has applied a third booster dose to 63% of older adults.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that Mexico will receive from the Covax mechanism of the World Health Organization (WHO) 15 million doses of AstraZeneca, the drug that the country uses to supply reinforcements.
Despite the impacts of the fourth wave, Mexico did not apply additional restrictions during the onslaught of omicron.
The United States Government placed Mexico, in addition to Brazil, Chile, and nine other nations and territories in category 4 of coronavirus transmission, defined as “very high” risk, for which it advised its citizens not to travel to those countries.