Mexico Revises Coronavirus Deaths Upwards: There Were 60% More Than Those Declared So Far

The Government of Mexico has admitted through a report published on its website that the real number of deaths from coronavirus was more than 320,000, about 60% more than those reported by the Ministry of Health.

The report “Excess Mortality in Mexico” indicates that until the sixth week of 2021, which ended on February 13, the country registered 294,287 deaths “associated with COVID-19” since the disease arrived in the country in February 2020.

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This figure is 120,576 more than the 173,711 official deceased notified by the Ministry of Health in its daily technical report of February 13.

Since then, the Ministry of Health has reported an accumulated 27,538 deaths from COVID-19 in its daily communications, which would total at least 322,365 people who died from the new coronavirus. In its last count on Saturday, it registered 201,429 deaths.

This dance in the data has placed Mexico as the second country with the highest mortality due to the pandemic, surpassing Brazil, which has registered 310,000 deaths, and below the United States, which has counted 549,000.

Experts have warned that the daily counts of the Ministry of Health tend to exclude people who die at home due to lack of access to health services.

The report details that its methodology consisted of using the cause of death registered in the death certificates as a variable.

The methodology is similar to that used by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), which found that Mexico had 108,658 deaths from COVID-19 in the first eight months of 2020, a figure 55.56% higher than the 69,849 recorded. by the health authorities until August.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mexico’s strategy in the face of the health crisis has focused on expanding hospital capacity instead of curbing infections, as shown by its positivity rate close to 50%.

Despite the fact that Mexico has 2.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, admitted this week that half of the population would already be immune due to being infected.

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