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First COVID-19 related death in Mexico, positive cases increase

Mexico City, Mexico — The Secretary of Health has reported the first death of a person in Mexico with COVID-19. The agency said the 41-year-old victim had diabetes and showed symptoms of coronavirus since March 9.

Arturo Herrera, head of the agency explained the victim was a 41-year-old man who was infected with coronavirus at a concert he attended with his wife in Mexico City March 3 and that he he had no history of having traveled abroad. He died in a Mexico City hospital.

“ Today in Mexico the first person died with #COVID19. His symptoms started on March 9. He suffered from diabetes. The Secretary of Health expresses their condolences to his relatives. Rest in peace ,” wrote SSalud on social media.

Increased Cases in Quintana Roo

Alejandra Aguirre Health Secretary of Quintana Roo, announced that there are now six positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

“As of March 18, 2020, we have 62 suspected cases of which 39 are negative, 17 are under study and we have six positives,” she said. She added that they are monitoring people who had contact with the six infected. She asked the public to remain well informed and to carry out all prevention protocols.

Increased Cases in Mexico

There are currently 118 cases of COVID-19 in Mexico. The general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía reported that 314 are suspects and 787 have been ruled out. Of that total, 59 percent are men and 41 percent are women.