Health authorities in Mexico have reported a rise in COVID-19 cases, however, the mortality rate hasn't been affected, Mexico News Daily reported.

Between Dec. 13 and Dec. 21, the Health Ministry reported 7,905 new infections, increasing Mexico's total number of active COVID cases to 330,805. During the same time span, 106 recorded deaths occurred.

For the third week in a row, the Health Ministry reports that COVID-19 patients are occupying 4% of hospital beds. The increase in cases is being referred to by some authorities as Mexico's "sixth wave" of COVID-19.

The federal government released revised regulations in October that stated face masks were no longer required in both indoor and outdoor settings.

The number of people infected with influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has increased concurrently with the rise in COVID cases, creating a so-called "tripledemic" that has the potential to overload hospitals and result in a lack of medication.

As a result of isolation over the previous few winter seasons, when respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV typically peak, Mauricio Rodrguez, a member of the University Commission for Coronavirus Emergency Care at the National Autonomous University (UNAM), predicted that there would be higher rates of respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV. Due to isolation, which lowers population immunity, fewer illnesses have happened over the last two years.

Although contracting multiple infections at the same time is a possibility, it is not typical, says Rodríguez.

In Mexico, there have been 4,536 confirmed cases of influenza this year as opposed to 308 at this time last year.

This flu season, 57 fatalities have been officially documented. There were five during the 2021–2022 season and none during the 2020–2021 season.

Hugo López-Gatell, deputy minister of health, reports that 24,086,715 flu shots had been administered, protecting 60% of the target population. This includes those over the age of 60, kids between the ages of six and five, pregnant women, and people who have certain medical conditions.

To date, Mexico has recorded a total of 7,190,702 COVID-19 cases. A total of 99,165,928 people have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

Experts claim that the country's health authorities are unprepared to deal with the three viruses, said reports.

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