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New Mexico sees 101% surge in hospitalizations

October 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The US state of New Mexico is experiencing a 101% increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations so far this month, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a tweet Saturday.

By Rob Picheta, CNN

From CNN's Hollie Silverman 

A total of 173 people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the state, according to the governor.

On Saturday 577 new coronavirus cases were reported for a total of 36,343 cases in total statewide, Lujan Grisham said.

This comes after the state saw three record breaking days for new Covid-19 cases this week, according to a tweet from the governor Friday.

The governor already tightened restrictions in the state earlier this week due to the rise in cases.

The new rules started Friday and include bars and restaurants having to close by 10 p. m. local time and mass gatherings being limited to only five people.

From CNN’s Sharif Paget

“At any rate, this mass testing cannot hurt, it can only help us. ” 

The campaign is expected to take place over two weekends starting at the end of October.

It is not yet known whether participation will be mandatory, TASR said.

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