Mexico has registered this Wednesday the highest death toll of the third wave of the pandemic: in the last 24 hours the death of 1,177 people has been reported. While the country tries to return to normality, with the return to face-to-face classes, the Ministry of Health has announced one of the worst data in recent months. On this same day, 17,337 new infections have been identified for a total of 3.3 million cases.
Since the start of the pandemic, 260,503 people have died from covid-19, which already makes Mexico the fourth country with the highest number of deaths in the world, only behind the United States, Brazil and India. However, the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has recognized that, based on the death certificates, this figure is much higher and rises to 493,660 deaths.
This Wednesday’s figure is the highest since June 2, when 1,092 deaths were announced. At that time, the president alluded to the fact that it was due to a problem in the registry and corresponded to victims who had not been counted in other days. “There was this updating process, but it does not mean that 1,000 people have died in one day. I want to make that very clear, ”said López Obrador. Other than that date, Mexico had not registered 1,000 deaths since March.
A couple of weeks ago, the highest number of infected in a single day was registered: 25,000. A figure that was not reached even in January, the most critical point of the pandemic in the country. Despite these data, the Mexican government strategist against the covid-19 pandemic, Hugo López-Gatell, affirmed yesterday that the third wave of infections registers “a sustained trend” downward and the return to face-to-face classes does not imply a risk”. The Pan American Health Organization has warned this Wednesday that although in the last two weeks confirmed cases of covid-19 in Mexico decreased by 11.3%, mortality increased by 8.6% in the same period.
Covid cases in Mexico began to rebound in May after registering a marked decline for more than two months. This third is especially hitting people between 18 and 30 years old, the group furthest behind in the vaccination process.
Both in his third government report, presented this morning, and in his latest book Half way, López Obrador has taken advantage of the good management of the pandemic, especially due to the vaccination strategy. Mexico began the immunization plan for its 126 million inhabitants on December 24. Since then, 58 million people have been vaccinated, 34.2 million of them with two doses.
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