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SARS-CoV-2 cases increase for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Q.R. — The municipalities of Cozumel and Tulum have been added to the positive cases of coronavirus detected in the state of Quintana Roo.

Over the weekend, the number of positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) the official name given to the COVID-19 coronavirus, increased around the state with a rise of detected cases in Cancun and Playa del Carmen and newly detected cases in Cozumel and Tulum.

Secretaria de Salud del Estado de Quintana Roo Alejandra Aguirre, announced the new positive cases Sunday evening, saying figures for the state have risen to a total of 42. She says of those numbers, 29 are in the municipality* of Benito Juarez, one in the municipality of Cozumel, eight in the municipality of Solidaridad, one in Othón P. Blanco and two in the municipality of Tulum.

Of the 42, 17 are women and 25 are men. Four of the positive cases have been hospitalized. State officials are urging people to stay inside with municipal police patrolling public areas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen urging people to go home. “We are facing a pandemic, worldwide, stay at home. Avoid exposing yourself to the contagion,” police said on a megaphone outside a Playa del Carmen shopping area.

The extra enforcements come after a request from governor Carlos Joaquín who said he has asked the Ministry of Public Security and the National Guard for their support in asking people to stay home.

In Mexico City, news of increased figures were also released by Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez Subsecretario de Prevención y Promoción de la Salud who reported 993 positive cases across Mexico and 20 coronavirus-related deaths.

*The municipality of Bacalar includes the populated areas of (Limones, Maya Balam, Pedro Antonio Santos), Benito Juárez (Cancun, Alfredo V. Bonfil), Cozumel (the island of Cozumel), Tulum (Chemuyil, Akumal, Cobá, Francisco Uh May, Punta Allen, Yaxché), Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen, Paamul, Puerto Aventuras) and Othón P. Blanco (Mahahual, Xcalak).