Mexico raises its death toll by about two-thirds of the country by 55 percent between mid-March and late June after a coronavirus outbreak, according to health officials.
The Latin American nation said that in only 20 of the 32 states, deaths from Covid-19 and other causes increased by 71,315 to a total of 202,077 from March 15 to June 27. That compares to 130,763 previously expected, according to a health ministry report on Saturday.
A total of 43,680 people have died in Mexico from coronavirus, the fourth largest death toll worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The total number of cases increased to 390,516.
President Andres Manuel López Obrador said the pandemic affected Mexico more than many other countries on Saturday, according to the Milenio website, as the virus affected people with basic conditions. “Many Mexicans have lost their lives to chronic diseases; we have a country with sick people due to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, “he said.
Mexico’s economic activity fell by a record 22.7% in May from a year earlier, deepening a crisis caused by the outbreak. The country’s oil industry has also taken a tax on the pandemic of 240 Covid-19-related deaths.
(Updates with the latest death numbers in the third paragraph.)
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