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While Mexico’s covid-19 czar, Undersecretary of Public Health (SSA) Hugo López-Gatell, proclaimed in April that the country had finally overcome the coronavirus pandemic, the incidence of the disease has once again begun to tick upward, with more than 18,000 cases confirmed in the first week of June.

Between Sunday, May 29, and Saturday, June 4, the country registered 18,539 confirmed cases, with a daily average of more than 2,000 infections, according to statistics from the SSA.

Despite government efforts to vaccinate the country’s entire adult population, Mexico has now officially entered the fifth wave of the covid pandemic, the SSA said.

There has been a solid upward trend in infections in the states of Aguascalientes, Baja California, Campeche, Mexico City, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Sinaloa and Yucatán, it reported.

Nevertheless, the SSA noted that the incidence of severe cases and deaths has remained relatively low.

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