Third wave of COVID-19 arrives in Baja California

The state increased its active cases to almost 800, most of them located in Tijuana

Photo by: Laura Chamorro

After reporting that Baja California increased its active COVID-19 cases from 751 to 798, the Secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico, said:

“We are definitely entering the third epidemiological wave, and what we want is to stabilize our curve and start descending it. We have to stop this ascent”.

The advantage, for the moment, is that 698 of these cases are mild, so compared to past waves, hospitals are not saturated, and this is because more than 75% of the population has completed their vaccination schedule, he added.

In fact, Pérez Rico mentioned that this is why hospitals have not yet been converted to COVID units.

"We are close to where we were in the first wave, but not even close to hospitals being at 50%. In the first wave they reached 98%, today [the occupancy] is less than 50%, with more cases than we had in the first wave; let's not get to [that of] the second wave," he detailed.

At the same time, he took advantage of the opportunity to announce that Baja California is currently one of the largest states in Mexico with fewer active cases.

On the other hand, he pointed out that in the last 24 hours, 127 new cases were registered in the SISVER platform in the state, as well as one more death; of which, unfortunately, 52 belong to Tijuana, 45 to Mexicali, 23 to Ensenada, four to Rosarito, two to Tecate, and one to San Felipe. While the death occurred in Ensenada corresponds to August 2.

Today Baja California reached 53 thousand 209 confirmed cases of this disease so far in the pandemic, and 8 thousand 835 deaths.

However, it is expected that cases will continue to increase, since the Effective Reproduction Rate in the state is 1.37 and rising.

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