Coronavirus: Mexico’s death toll becomes third highest in the world

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Mexico reported 688 deaths on Friday


Mexico has become the country with the third highest death toll from the coronavirus, with only the United States and Brazil recording larger numbers.

He has now suffered at least 46,688 deaths during the pandemic, with a total of 424,637 infections.

The UK previously had the third highest death toll and recorded 46,204 deaths on Friday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the effects of the pandemic will be felt “for decades to come”.

In Mexico, local authorities have previously said they believe the actual number of infections is likely to be much higher than those reported.

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is eager to revive the country’s declining economy. His government announced a phased plan to lift the restrictions in May.

In Mexico City, the capital, hundreds of thousands of factory workers returned to work in mid-June. Some non-essential businesses were then allowed to reopen in early July in the city, the epicenter of the country’s epidemic.

But critics say Mr Obrador was slow to impose lockdown measures and lifted them too quickly. Most of the Mexican economy shut down on March 23, but some industries that have been declared essential to the nation’s functioning and have been exempted from the restrictions.

Ten state governors on Friday chastised the government’s handling of the epidemic and called for the resignation of Deputy Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell – a Mexican epidemiologist and coronavirus czar.

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More than 17.5 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported worldwide, along with nearly 679,000 deaths, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has recorded at least 153,415 deaths and Brazil 92,475.

Some countries have attempted to break out of the lockdown but in many cases cases are on the rise again, reports BBC Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes.

Some, like Spain and the UK, are partially reintroducing restrictions or delaying their easing plans.

Other measures are expected to be relaxed in England this weekend, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that this would be delayed by at least two weeks.

With cases on the rise worldwide, WHO Director Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus called the pandemic “a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come”.

“Although vaccine development is proceeding at an all time high, we have to learn to live with this virus, and we have to fight it with the tools we have,” he said on Friday.

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