Mexico Covid-19 deaths exceed 60,000

Mexico Covid-19 deaths exceed 60,000A family is seen on a “trajinera” at the Nativitas canal pier in Xochimilco, a network of canals and floating gardens that is one of Mexico City’s top tourist attractions, after its reopening, on August 23, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. – AFP pic

MEXICO, with the world’s third-highest fatalities from Covid-19, crossed the 60,000 milestone for deaths after losing 644 patients on Saturday (Sunday in Malaysia).

The country trails just the US and Brazil in total deaths and has the world’s seventh-highest number of cases at 556,216 as of Saturday.

Mexico is struggling to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has brought the economy crashing and continues to spread despite government efforts to clamp down. In a webcast on Friday, the World Health Organisation said Mexico’s testing rate means the pandemic is “clearly under-recognised” in the Latin American nation.

Mexico tests about 3 in 100,000 people, according to the WHO.

Michael Ryan, from the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said in the webcast that the virus disproportionately hurts people living in poverty in the country, who are more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than those in wealthier areas. – Bloomberg

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