Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — UPDATED MARCH 24: As of March 23, the total of positive coronavirus cases for the state of Quintana Roo has risen to 22.
Health officials report that of the 22 cases, 19 are in the municipality of Benito Juárez and three in the municipality of Solidaridad. Of the cases, nine are women and 13 are men. Eight of the 22 are Mexican nationals, while 14 of the positive cases are foreigners (tourists).
The Secretary of Health, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo is calling on people not to minimize preventive actions against the virus.
In an address, Governor Carlos Joaquín said “The government of the state of Quintana Roo is taking this situation very seriously. We continue to adhere to work protocols, both in epidemiological and medical surveillance.”
Aguirre Crespo also says that the social media claim of a positive case of COVID-19 in the municipality of Bacalar is completely false.
UPDATE: As of March 23, the number of positive cases around the country also rose, reaching 367 confirmed cases. Of this, 292 are imported cases, 70 are associated with importation and in five cases, there are no identifiable histories of importation.
As of March 23, the number of deaths rose to four, the third being confirmed in Jalisco. According to Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, the death was that of a 55-year-old man, making him the third victim in the country and the first in the state. The governor reported that the patient died in Clinic 110 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).
The fourth death is of a 71-year-old man in Mexico City, who authorities say, suffered from diabetes and kidney failure. The World Health Organization is now placing Mexico in Phase II, despite the fact that the Ministry of Health insists that the country is still in Phase I.