By KELIN DILLON
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, that Mexico City would further increase its number of hospital beds after several hospitals reached full 100 percent capacity Monday, Jan. 11.
Between Mexico City and the State of Mexico (Edoméx), 50 hospitals reached maximum occupancy at the start of the week, reaching a total of 9,403 filled beds, marking the highest number of hospitalizations in the capital area since coronavirus arrived in the country almost a year ago.
Sheinbaum reported the total hospital occupancy rate in Mexico City was at 89 percent as of Wednesday, and said a further 120 beds would be created at the Hospital General of Tláhuac to help cope with the city’s overload of covid patients.
Mexico City previously added 2,078 more beds between Dec.15, 2020 and Jan. 12, increasing the capital’s hospital capacity by 38 percent at the time.
As of Thursday, Jan.14, 135,682 people had died in Mexico from coronavirus-related causes.
…Jan. 15, 2021