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Undersecretary of Health confirms downward covid-19 trend across Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — The fourth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic in Mexico is in the declining phase, reported the Undersecretary of Health. Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez made the report in a press conference where he explained that the fifth week of the year began with a 31 percent reduction in estimated cases.

This scenario, he said, is consistent with the reduction in hospital occupancy rates, temporary work disabilities and the percentage of positive cases.

“There are several signs that show us that we have already reached the acme point and have passed the peak of this fourth wave of Covid-19 in Mexico, which has been dominated by the omicron variant. We are already in the descent phase,” he said.

The undersecretary added that this trend is expected to continue in coming weeks with a speed similar to that of the rise since the omicron variant consists of shorter time period of illness

“We will be, as always, monitoring any change in the trend to report it in a timely manner, but it is definitely a very positive sign,” he said adding that Mexico has recorded a reduction in hospital occupancy rates in 25 of the country’s 32 states.

He said consequently, during the coming weeks, there will also be fewer people hospitalized in covid units, both in general and intensive care beds.