Mexico lacks death certificates as coronavirus death toll rises

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Parts of Mexico are running out of death certificates as the country’s death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise, reports show.

Health officials said Baja California, Mexico State and Mexico City started running out of certificates two weeks ago.

A million new certificates have been printed and are being distributed, they said. Certificates have special features because forgery has been a problem in the past.

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Mexico has suffered the fourth highest level of COVID-19 deaths in the world. Only the United States, Brazil and India have had more deaths from the virus.

A healthcare worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample from a person at a local health center to perform tests for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) , amid the spread of disease in Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood. , Mexico September 1, 2020. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido – RC2YPI95LMZ8

As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases in Mexico rose from 6,196 to 623,090, while deaths rose by 522 to 66,851. Cases appear to have leveled off and are not declining further. Testing in Mexico is late.

Mexico’s death toll from the disease may be underestimated, according to reports.

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New government figures show that deaths in Mexico from March through August from all causes were 122,765 more than one would expect in a normal year, Bloomberg News reported.

Funerals are being delayed due to lack of death certificates, the Wall Sreet Journal reported.

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“I get calls almost daily from doctors asking me to help them get more death certificates,” Carlos Aranza, the coordinator of health services for the state of Mexico, told the Journal. “We are going through a period of great shortage.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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