Mexico's Covid-19 death toll may be 60% higher than officially reported

Supera México los 200.000 fallecimientos por covid-19

Mexico's government acknowledged today that the country's true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, nearly 60 per cent more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429.

It was most recently updated on March 15, though a Health Ministry spokesperson declined to comment on when the report was first released to the public.

The ministry's number is based on test-confirmed cases, while the new figure is based on death certificates and includes people who died at home.

The higher toll would rival that of the 310,000 counted in Brazil, which now has the world's second-highest number of deaths after the United States with more than 548,000.

The Mexican government said Saturday that it had updated its COVID-19 death toll from 201,429 to 321,000, a jump of almost 60%.

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Testing in Mexico remains very limited, and government officials have previously acknowledged the real toll is likely higher. As of the end of December, excess death estimates suggested a total of about 220,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in Mexico.

He was accused of downplaying the risks of the virus early on and of being slow to impose a lockdown, but he continues to enjoy high approval ratings. It is mostly reserved for those who have died from the coronavirus.

This conclusion is at odds with the much lower figures that the same ministry has been reporting every day until now - as recently as Saturday, only 201,429 Covid-linked deaths were reported as "confirmed".

According to the government's new report, the country's total excess deaths during the pandemic reached 417,002 by the sixth week of 2021.

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