Mexico has released revised figures showing that the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus is 60% higher than previously reported.
Currently, more than 321,000 people are believed to have died from Covid-19 in the country.
Due to the revised tolls, Mexico has the second highest number of Covid-related deaths in the world after the United States.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces widespread criticism of dealing with the crisis.
Opposition accused him of downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic and accused him of delaying the vaccination program.
Revised report issued by the Ministry of Health of Mexico (Spanish) By the end of the sixth week of 2021, it was shown that there were 294,287 “Covid-19-related” deaths-an increase from the previously given 182,301 confirmed figures.
Since mid-February, more than 26,772 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported across Mexico, bringing the total to more than 321,000.
This puts Mexico above Brazil, which recorded 310,000 deaths, and below the United States, which recorded 549,000 deaths-a much smaller population of 126 million than either country. in spite of.
Experts have long warned that Mexico’s true death toll is probably much higher due to lack of testing. It is also believed that many people have died at home due to the lack of intensive care units in many states.
The new numbers came after a review of “excessive deaths” and a review of death certificates.
Hugo Lopez Gatel, who heads Mexico’s response to a pandemic last week, puts the country at risk of a new wave of infection as millions of people prepare for the Easter holiday. Warned.
Lopez Obrador, who recovered from Covid-19, has been repeatedly accused by opponents of not taking the crisis seriously enough and is often seen in public without a face mask.
On the other hand, Mexico’s vaccination program has so far received about 6.1 million vaccinations.
The United States recently announced that it will release four million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in Mexico and Canada.
Both countries have approved AstraZeneca, but the United States has not. However, the United States has a stockpile of jabs.
The White House said that of the 7m jabs in the United States, 2.5m would go to Mexico and 1.5m would go to Canada.
Leaders from both countries sought help from the White House. Mexican officials even put pressure on the Biden team on the issue in a conversation about border security earlier this month.