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The first two cases of coronavirus confirmed for Yucatan Peninsula

Merida, Yucatan — The Secretary of Health for Yucatan, Mauricio Sauri Vivas, confirmed Friday afternoon the first case of coronavirus in Yucatan. The news was made public at a press conference in the Government Palace.

Sauri Viva said the confirmed carrier of the virus is a 57-year-old female who had traveled to Europe. The woman reportedly traveled to Madrid and began to exhibit symptoms upon her return. He says there are three other suspected cases currently under evaluation.

Cancun, Q.R. — Hours later, the Ministry of Health of Quintana Roo also announced it’s first and only positive case of coronavirus. Alejandra Aguirre, head of the health unit, did not provide any details of the patient, only saying that the case was detected in the municipality of Benito Juárez.

Through social media, state governor Carlos Joaquín González said “The first case of # COVID_19 in #QuintanaRoo has been confirmed. The patient is isolated and under correct treatment. We are vigilant and the situation is under control.”

At a press conference, José Luis Alomía, director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health and government spokesman for coronavirus reported that on March 13, 11 new cases were confirmed around the country, bringing the total number to 26 positive cases of COVID-19 in Mexico.

He added that in addition to the 26 confirmed cases, there are 105 suspected cases and 344 negative cases.