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Mexico City mayor reports hospital rates of up to 90 percent

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico City is experiencing its highest hospital occupancy rates since the beginning of the pandemic, averaging between 88 and 90 percent, reports its mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

Sheinbaum says that contrary to expectations, figures have increased over the past four days. In a public address, she asked people “not to dramatize”, but to act to reduce infections and hospitalizations.

On Monday, the Mexico City mayor said they are recording the highest levels of hospitalizations since COVID-19 arrived in February 2020.

“Mexico City is at its highest hospital capacity since the pandemic arrived, and we must all be responsible,” Sheinbaum said at a press conference.

Sheinbaum pointed out that contrary to what was expected, in the last four days, the figures have increased. “We expected a stabilization process, but there was an increase,” she said adding that surveys are being carried out in COVID-19 care hospitals to establish what the main source of infections could be.

She explained that at the end of 2020, studies found the chain of infections occurred mainly in family gatherings. In mid-Decembers, parts of Mexico City reverted back to a red epidemiological light due to the increase in infections.