Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro and Hugo López-Gatell, the federal government’s chief coronavirus spokesperson, haven’t always seen eye to eye during the course of the pandemic, but they now agree on one thing: Jalisco appears to be on a downward trend in new Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations.
On Wednesday, the Jalisco Health Secretariat (SSJ) reported another decrease in the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19. The hospital occupancy rate of 23.8 percent is down from 30 percent a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, López-Gatell said that while infections have fallen nationwide for eight consecutive weeks, this is the first time the trend has been noticeable in Jalisco.
The optimism of the two politicians was tempered somewhat after data released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) suggested Covid-19 in Jalisco is still plateauing, with daily infections averaging between 205 and 350 (according to the federal database), deaths per day oscillating between 2.4 and 3 per million inhabitants and hospital bed occupation running from 600 to 900 per day.