Mexico to start vaccinating ages 50-59 as Covid death toll passes 345,000

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s pandemic death toll exceeded 345,000 on Tuesday, although most states haven’t seen a surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.

There have been over 215,500 test-confirmed deaths related to COVID-19, but Mexico does so little testing that many people die without being tested.

A preliminary government review of death certificates revealed that COVID-19 had recorded 316,344 deaths in early March. Since then, there have been 29,395 test-confirmed deaths, for a total of 345,739.

The Caribbean coastal state of Quintana Roo, home of the resort of Cancun, has seen an increase in cornan virus cases, as has the Pacific coastal state of Colima. Authorities believe that increased tourism in Quintana Roo over Easter week may have contributed to the increase in infections.

The government announced plans on Tuesday to start vaccinating people between the ages of 50 and 59. Previously, only frontline health workers, teachers, and those over 60 were eligible for the vaccinations.

So far, officials have given 16.7 million doses, a small amount given the country’s 126 million people. As in many countries, Mexico struggled to get enough vaccines.

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