Three times higher than reported: Mexico’s Covid death toll estimated at 600,000

The coronavirus has killed over 600,000 people in Mexico, according to health researchers who have found the Covid-19 death toll in Latin America is almost three times the official figure.

The Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment at the University of Washington School of Medicine published an analysis It is estimated that 617,127 people died of Covid-19 in Mexico on Thursday.

The number is 183 percent higher than Mexico’s official death toll, which rose to 218,007 on Wednesday.

“As terrible as the Covid-19 pandemic appears, this analysis shows that the actual toll is considerably worse,” said Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment, in a statement.

In Mexico, large numbers of people have died at home without being tested for Covid-19. According to the German statistics portal Statista, the test rate in Mexico is still low at around 51,000 tests per million inhabitants.

However, Murray said the challenge of accurately accounting for all deaths from Covid-19 worldwide is not being reported as many deaths from Covid-19 are not reported as most countries only report deaths in hospitals or in patients with one confirmed infection occur.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment estimates that the coronavirus has killed around 6.9 million people worldwide, more than twice as many as official figures show, meaning that “Covid-19 deaths are significantly underreported in almost every country” .

Based on the estimates, Mexico has the third highest number of Covid-19 deaths after the US and India.

Researchers estimate that Covid-19 killed 905,289 people in the United States, about 56 percent higher than the official death toll of about 575,000.

In India, researchers estimate that more than 654,000 people have died of Covid-19, which is also about three times the official death toll of 221,181.

According to Data compiled by Johns Hopkins UniversityThe global death toll from Covid-19 is 3.25 million, and Mexico ranks fourth in deaths after the US, Brazil and India.

Mexican officials admitted in March that the actual Covid-19 death toll in the country is significantly higher than originally reported. It is estimated that the deaths were only 60 percent higher than the official data. Their estimate of approximately 320,000 deaths is dwarfed by that of the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment.

“Many countries have made exceptional efforts to measure the number of pandemics. However, our analysis shows how difficult it is to closely track a new and rapidly spreading infectious disease,” Murray said in the statement, which only helps us understand the extent Assessing this global crisis also provides valuable information for policy makers developing response and recovery plans. “

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