Mexico reports Covid-linked deaths far above official toll

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Mexico's government acknowledged today that the country's true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, nearly 60 per cent more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429.

Also, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show weekly registered coronavirus deaths in England and Wales have fallen to the lowest level since October.

Yesterday, Mexico's government issued a report acknowledging that the number of deaths due to COVID-19 was above 321,000, instead of the previously reported figure which was just above 201,000. But on Sunday, Mexico shot past Brazil to take over the No. 2 spot for coronavirus deaths after officials announced a massive revision to the country's death toll. The calculations in the report suggested that excess deaths juped from 220,000 to around 295,000 between the end of December 2020 and February 2021.

By reviewing death certificates, the authors of the report found that more than 70% of the excess deaths were COVID-19 related, often because it was listed on the certificates as a suspected or contributing cause of death.

He was accused of downplaying the risks of the virus early on and of being slow to impose a lockdown, but he continues to enjoy high approval ratings.

The health ministry has reported a decline in daily deaths and cases in recent weeks after a surge in January, but there are fears of another wave of infections after the Easter holidays.

The government said that the only way to develop a clear picture of the real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was to review excess deaths and death certificates.

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