Mexico surpasses France in coronavirus death toll

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FILE PHOTO: Members of the Mexican National Guard oversee the reopening of beaches and hotels after the easing of containment measures this week, as the epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Acapulco, Mexico, July 2, 2020. REUTERS / Javier Verdin

MEXICO (Reuters) – Mexico reported 523 additional coronavirus deaths on Saturday, pushing its toll to 30,366, overtaking France to become the fifth in the world.

The Department of Health also reported 6,914 new infections and a total of 252,165 confirmed cases.

Deputy Minister of Health Hugo Lopez Gatell reiterated that the actual number of those infected was probably much higher.

“We knew from the start that the cases we are reporting here do not represent the total number of people with COVID-19 in Mexico,” he said at a regular press conference.

“Neither Mexico, nor any other country in the world aims to make a comprehensive count.”

Citing unpublished vital statistics, broadcaster Milenio said that on June 19, almost twice as many people had died from the virus, as reported by Lopez Gatell.

Reuters could not immediately verify the information.

Report by Stefanie Eschenbacher and Sharay Angulo; Editing by Richard Chang and Clarence Fernandez

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