Mexico touches 72,000 deaths from coronavirus

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Mexico touches 72,000 deaths from coronavirus




Medical personnel receive a special distinction from the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (who does not appear in the photo), for their work during the coronavirus epidemic, in the Plaza del Zócalo, in Mexico City


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Medical personnel receive a special distinction from the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (who does not appear in the photo), for their work during the coronavirus epidemic, in the Plaza del Zócalo, in Mexico City


MEXICO CITY, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Mexican authorities reported 300 new deaths related to the coronavirus on Wednesday, raising the total death toll to 71,978, making the Latin American country the fourth with the most deaths from the virus in the year. world, below the United States, Brazil and India.

The outbreak, which has generated the deepest economic crisis in almost a century in Mexico, also left 680,931 known infected in the nation, 4,444 more than the day before.

In recent months, the authorities have relaxed controls and allowed a gradual return to what they have called the “new normal”, ensuring that the speed of infections is decreasing.

However, specialists maintain that this is explained by the decrease in tests carried out daily, from its peak in late July of almost 18,000 a day.

On Wednesday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that Latin American countries have begun to resume their social and public life at a time when the coronavirus pandemic still requires important interventions to control itself. In addition, he said that in some areas of Mexico mortality rates are increasing.

(Report by Diego Oré)

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