MEXICO CITY, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Mexican authorities reported 256 new deaths related to the coronavirus on Monday, raising the total death toll to 64,414, placing the Latin American country as the fourth with the most deaths from the virus in the world.
The outbreak, which has generated the deepest economic crisis in almost a century in Mexico, also left 599,560 known infected in the nation, 3,719 more than the day before.
In recent months, the authorities have relaxed controls and allowed a gradual return to what they call a “new normal”, ensuring that the speed of infections is decreasing. However, specialists maintain that this is explained by the reduction of the tests carried out.
“To say that the pandemic in Mexico is being controlled, that the curve is flattening, or that we are through the worst, is not only a lie but also a major irresponsibility,” said Laurie Ximénez-Fyvie, a researcher at the University’s molecular genetics laboratory. Autonomous National of Mexico (UNAM).
(Report by Diego Oré)