They estimate almost 56,000 cases of COVID-19 in Mexico
According to the Centinela epidemiological monitoring system, actual infections are 8.2 times greater than confirmed infections, which are only 6,297
The undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, said that, according to the evolution of the pandemic in Mexico, the Ministry of Health estimates that in the country the infections by COVID -19 could be 55 thousand 951, according to the model Sentinel.
This surveillance model is an epidemiological monitoring system that emerged in Mexico in 2006 that allows the disease to be tracked without carrying out massive tests on the population.
Through this scheme, it is sought "that there is a representative appreciation of the occurrence of the disease throughout the national territory and that they also represent the different levels of complexity of the health system," said López-Gatell. "What is not seen is because it is not in the respiratory disease monitoring units," said the official.
The federal government reported yesterday 6,297 positive cases, while the deceased amounted to 486. But if the Sentinel model is applied, the number of patients would be 8.2 times higher.
The Government extended by one month, until May 30, the suspension of classes and non-essential work activities in the areas with the greatest spread of the new coronavirus.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that the areas where contagion has been less or null, the measure will continue until May 17.
The government will also recommend that citizens restrict mobility according to the degree of expansion of the virus, the first wave of dispersal in Mexico, it calculates, will end towards the end of June.
Quintana Roo is the State that "has stayed home the most", Tlaxcala , the one that least reported the Ministry of Health with data from Google, which measures mobility using cell phones.
On the rise, sale of medicines
The coronavirus pandemic boosted the sale of drugs in pharmacies, since in March they grew 40%, according to the National Association of Pharmacies ( Anafarmex ). Home delivery in that industry rose 35% due to containment measures.
Antonio Pascual Feria, president of Anafarmex, said that March is a high month in sales, being the last of the influenza season. However, this year the coronavirus triggered sales of drugs for respiratory diseases.
Google translation from Informador.