On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health (SSa) reported the advance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Mexico.
During an evening press conference, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, national director of epidemiology, announced this 986,177 cumulative cases Yup 96,430 deaths due to the disease in the country.
However, in the past 24 hours, 7,646 people have been added to the number of infections and 588 to the number of deaths. Likewise, it was reported that the percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 was 39% at week 44.
After identifying a new coronavirus mutation with a presence in Europe and the United States, Mexico raised the question of whether it could reach the national territory via border states. However, the Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Clarified that a border closure would not contain COVID-19.
During the conference on the daily pandemic, the undersecretary said so genetic variants of the SARS CoV-2 virus will continually appear, therefore, it is “very unlikely that a mutation will appear in a short period of time”, as well as the fact that the variant is unlikely to generate different attributes when it invades humans.
He commented that although in the hypothetical scenario that a virus strain mutates with important elements, “the idea that we can stop it by closing borders, preventing theft, is not appropriate“.
In this regard, he assured that “whatever the tension, it will reach Mexico and all the countries of the world” and stressed that the fight against the epidemic does not work in this way. This practice was founded on a long tradition that is more political than scientific.
Regarding mutations in the virus, he explained that “most of the mutations, the vast majority are mutations that do not confer these adaptive advantages, nor do they necessarily confer a disadvantage.” Elements that may change include ease of transmission, adaptation to respiratory tissue, virulence or expansion of the immune system.
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