Mexico racks up 5-week decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths


MEXICO CITY, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Mexico has registered a five-week decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Tuesday.

Cases are expected to continue dropping until they reach "minimum levels," said Lopez-Gatell.

The pandemic is active unevenly around the world and could eventually become cyclical, emerging in winter and subsiding in summer, depending on each country, according to the official.

"We could begin to see this pattern in Mexico as well," he told reporters at the National Palace in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy is at 8 percent in general, and at 3 percent for beds requiring ventilators.

COVID-19 fatalities over seven days declined to an average of three from 83 in the first weeks of July, according to official data.

As of Monday, Mexico had logged 6,929,003 COVID-19 cases and 328,736 deaths from the disease.

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