COVID-19 in Mexico, October

Mexico // 16 October, 2020

At least 829,000 cases and 84,900 deaths. Official case counts likely under-represent the true extent of infection, as the nation has very low testing rates.

Status: Outbreak

See the Mexican Government COVID-19 press releases (in Spanish) and COVID-19 dashboard.

15 October: The second week of October (ending 12 October) saw a 50 percent increase in cases in Mexico compared to the week prior. Deaths also increased more than 50 percent week on week. 

Since the outbreak began, more than 6,500 pregnant people have been infected. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for COVID-19 in Mexico as of early October is 9.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Nearly half of the women who died in pregnancy were in their third trimester.

A cumulative total of 9,975 confirmed cases were reported among persons recognizing as indigenous, including 1,461 deaths (14.6%). Most of these cases have been reported in Yucatan (1,898 cases), Oaxaca (922 cases), San Luis Potosi (835 cases), Mexico (793), and Mexico City (718 cases).

October 9: Confirmed and suspected cases have been decreasing over the past 9 weeks. However, cases continue increasing daily in several regions of Mexico. Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Mexico State, Jalisco, and Guanajuato reported the highest number of active cases for the preceding fortnight as of October 6.

States reporting the highest rates of hospital occupancy are Nuevo Leon, Mexico City, Nayarit, Mexico State, and Colima. All states have more than 50 percent hospital availability for COVID-19 patients. Schools remain closed nearly everywhere.

Click here to see September news. 

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