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Coronavirus hits Mexican military personnel with 5 deaths

Mexico City, Mexico — During a press conference, Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, Secretary of National Defense and José Rafael Ojeda Durán Secretary of the Navy, reported 82 positive coronavirus cases and five deaths within their agency.

During the briefing, Sandoval González said that four soldiers and one sailor have died from COVID-19 related illnesses, noting that throughout Sedena (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional), they have 82 positive cases. Ojeda Durán noted that Mexico City and Veracruz were the main points of infections.

Sandoval González explained that of the four deaths, three were active military personnel and one in retirement. He also said that there are currently nine hospitalized personnel. He also mentioned that in the unit he heads there 397 suspected cases of whom 256 are active-duty military personnel, 24 retirees and 117 successors in title.