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State authorities update coronavirus cases to 12 with 10 in Benito Juárez, 2 in Solidaridad

Cancun, Q.R. — FIGURES UPDATED (March 22): In the last 24 hours, the number of positive cases of coronavirus in Quintana Roo has risen from 11 to 12, according to the Secretary of State Health.

Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, head of the state health department reported the increase detailing that suspected cases have also risen from 62 to 86. She said as of 6:00 p.m. Saturday, they had 61 negative, 23 under study and 12 cases positive for coronavirus.

In her Friday report, Aguirre Crespo explained that eight of the positive cases are people who contracted the virus outside Mexico and that four of the positive are from people who had contact with some of the imported cases, mostly people who live in the same house.

She clarified that all cases are located in the northern part of the state.

“In this scenario, we are carrying out the identification of cases and contacts to avoid the spread of the virus. The social isolation of the confirmed cases, the daily monitoring and the identification of their contacts are fundamental pillars of the epidemiological surveillance that we are doing in Quintana Roo,” she explained.

The head of the health agency noted that of the 12 positive cases, five are Mexican and one is a foreigner with residence in Cancun (expat). Six of the others are foreigners (tourists), of which 11 are in social isolation and one, hospitalized. The hospitalized person has since been released and is now in social isolation.

She revealed that 10 are in the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancún, Alfredo V. Bonfil) and two in the municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen, Paamul, Puerto Aventuras). According to José Martín Zapata, C.E.O/ President of Paamul Resort in Riviera Maya, he is unaware of any cases of coronavirus at Paamul.

The secretary of health says the ages of those that have been infected range between 17 and 71 years old.