The president of Mexico , Andrés Manuel López Obrador , today acknowledged the increase in COVID-19 infections in the country due to the omicron variant but stressed that it is less harmful and less deadly.
“Yes, infections from this new variant are increasing but fortunately there is no increase in hospitalizations and, most importantly, there are no deaths,” said the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.
He stressed that it is expected that infections increase but he insisted that “this variant does not have gravity than the other (the delta), which affected us a lot,” he said.
However, the president urged the population to take care of themselves and stressed that the effects will not be the same as with other variants. He pointed out that despite the reversal of infections, hospitalizations have not increased, he said that for example, on January 2, an occupation of 14% in general beds and 12% in beds with a ventilator for intensive therapy was recorded.
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He clarified that this day they will have a meeting with all sectors and on Tuesday they will report on the situation that the country is experiencing in relation to the pandemic.
Mexico detected the first person infected with the omicron variant on December 3 and since then there have been more than 40 cases confirmed by the state governments of Mexico City, State of Mexico, Nuevo León and Sinaloa.
The Mexican president made these statements as his country approaches 4 million infections and adds 299,544 deaths due to covid-19, which is the fifth country with the most deaths due to the coronavirus.
In recent days, Mexico has registered a substantial rise in the number of infections, although the daily death toll remains relatively low.
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The Mexican government has highlighted vaccination as a tool to reduce the mortality of the virus and so far it has applied 148.94 million biologics, with which it has managed to inoculate 88% of the adult population with at least one dose.
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