Mexico revises confirmed COVID-19 death total

Mexico announced Tuesday that a clinical review of past deaths has led officials to raise the country’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll by 4,272, to a total of 227,840.

The adjustment was carried out by teams of doctors and is largely one of record-keeping because even government officials acknowledge Mexico’s true pandemic death toll is far, far higher.


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Because the country of 126 million people does so little testing, many Mexicans have died at home or never got a test. So the government performs two kinds of adjustments — one by teams of doctors reviewing case files and another computerized search of death certificates for mentions of symptoms related to COVID-19.

The quicker, computerized analyses of excess deaths related to COVID-19 now stand at over 350,088, which gives Mexico one of the highest per-capita rates in the world.

The vast majority of the re-classified deaths announced Tuesday — 3,924 of the 4,272 — occurred in Mexico’s first wave of coronavirus infections between March and June 2020.


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