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Mexico sees 10 weeks of rising COVID-19 cases

29 Jun 2022, 07:30 GMT+10

MEXICO CITY, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Mexico has seen 10 weeks of increase in COVID-19 cases though the hospitalization rate remains low, the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Tuesday.

Deaths from the pandemic are also increasing at a slower pace compared to the past waves of outbreaks, said the Mexican official.

"Fortunately, hospitalizations are rising very little," Lopez-Gatell told reporters at the National Palace in Mexico City.

Hospital occupancy due to COVID-19 accounts for 6 percent of total hospitalizations, according to official data.

Deaths have risen to an average of seven a day in recent weeks, up from an average of five, the official said.

Mexico registered its first case of COVID-19 at the end of February 2020, and logged 5,965,958 confirmed cases of the disease and 325,596 deaths as of June 27.

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