Virus: Mexico records 69% more deaths than those listed

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Mexico recorded 294,287 deaths associated with Covid-19, as of February 13, 69.3% more than those originally listed for the same period, according to an official report.

The Ministry of Health had previously listed 173,771 dead for the same period.

But a mortality study, published this week, indicates that since the start of the epidemic and through February 13, Mexico has actually recorded 294,287 deaths. The first death attributed to the coronavirus occurred there on March 18, 2020.

On Sunday, the ministry gave the figure of 201,623 deaths in its daily report, or 194 new deaths in 24 hours.

If we add the 27,416 deaths since February 13 to the 294,287 counted in this study, the total of deaths then exceeds 300,000.

The figures of this study join those given by the National Institute of Statistics which had also indicated at the end of January that the mortality attributed to the virus was 68% higher than that initially reported in this country of 126 million inhabitants.

The new figures are explained by the inclusion of death certificates which include deaths at home.