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Second Mexicali police officer dies of COVID-19

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MEXICALI, B.C. (KYMA, KECY)-In less than three days, a second police officer in Mexicali dies of COVID-19.

Alfonso Rodriguez Ledesma, 31, is the police officer who died on Wednesday afternoon of atypical pneumonia, also known as COVID-19.

The Director of the Municipal Police Corporation, Maria Elena Andrade sent her condolences to Ledesma's family through a press release.

Authorities from the municipal public security say that 23 officers have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, the first police officer in Mexicali died of COVID-19.

The chief of police says police officers have protection and hygiene equipment to carry out their tasks.

However, Andrade says it's inevitable that police officers get infected since there are people who do not respect the restrictions of the quarantine.

She says this week, over 25 fines were issued to people who held parties in their homes, despite the fact that it has been repeatedly mentioned that these social activities are prohibited during quarantine.

As of today, the Ministry of Health in Baja California reports 1,613 COVID-19 cases with 141 deaths in Mexicali.

Health officials say Tijuana's contagion curve is decreasing, while Mexicali's cases keep increasing.

[RELATED STORY: The latest in COVID-19 cases in Baja California]

The Secretary of Health in the state, Alonso Perez Rico, warns that due to the high rate of infections, the quarantine could be extended since the state is currently on red alert.

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