Mexico's coronavirus death toll is likely 60% higher than confirmed numbers

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be at least 60% higher than the confirmed figure, above 300,000, according to government figures.

Updated numbers Here An excess mortality table released by the Mexican Ministry of Health showed that by the end of week six of this year, 294,287 deaths “related to COVID-19” had been recorded on death certificates in Mexico.

This was 61.4% higher than the confirmed death toll of 182,301, which was compared in the same table.

That number didn’t exactly coincide with a specific day from the Department of Health’s daily bulletins, but more than 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported since mid-February. As of Sunday, the toll confirmed by the ministry was 201,623.

The government has long said that Mexico’s actual COVID-19 death toll is likely significantly higher than the confirmed toll, which is one of the highest in the world.

Relatively low test rates in Mexico mean many deaths go unconfirmed, but they can still appear as suspected cases on death certificates, according to experts.

The higher estimate of the death toll was based on a word search on death certificates that mentioned “COVID-19” and other terms related to the pandemic, the ministry said.

According to the data, the total number of deaths in Mexico during the pandemic for the sixth week of 2021 was 417,002.

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