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Mexico runs out of death certificates as Covid-19 cases soar

Bloomberg September 7 | Updated on September 07, 2020 Published on September 07, 2020

Workers dig a grave to bury Covid-19 victims at San Miguel Xico cemetery in Mexico City, Mexico   -  Bloomberg

Registers over 67,000 fatalities; fourth behind the US, Brazil and India

Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister said the government had ordered 1.1 million additional death certificates be printed as several parts of the country ran out and Covid-19 cases continue to soar.

Mexico has registered over 67,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, putting it fourth in terms of Covid-19 deaths behind the US, Brazil and India.

The World Health Organization, though, said recently that Mexico’s Covid-19 cases and deaths are probably under-recognised due to limited testing there.

That assessment was backed up on Sunday by new government figures showing deaths in Mexico from March to August from all causes were 122,765 more than what would be expected in a normal year. Excess mortality was concentrated in people from 45 to 65 years of age.

Despite this scenario, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the government’s strategy to tackle the coronavirus was very good.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Hugo Lopez Gatell, the health official, said that some States, including Mexico State, were out of death certificates. Authorities had been working for the past two-three weeks to redistribute them from areas with larger stocks, he added.

“They almost ran out in Mexico City,” the Deputy Minister said. It has been a pretty intense job.

The new certificates started to arrive on Thursday, just before stocks from the redistribution also ran out, Lopez Gatell said. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News, Mexico had 629,409 Covid-19 cases and 67,326 deaths through Saturday.

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Published on September 07, 2020
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