Story at a glance
- Mexico on Thursday confirmed 100,104 coronavirus deaths.
- The grim milestone comes less than a week after Mexico surpassed 1 million cases.
- The situation in Mexico comes as the U.S. continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic that has killed more than 1.3 million people around the world.
Mexico on Thursday became the fourth country in the world to surpass 100,000 COVID-19 deaths.
The nation has confirmed 100,104 coronavirus deaths over the course of the pandemic, Mexico’s director of epidemiology announced, according to The Associated Press (AP).
Mexico trails only India, Brazil and the United States in the number of coronavirus fatalities confirmed.
The grim milestone comes less than a week after Mexico surpassed 1 million cases. The AP reports the number of confirmed cases is likely much higher as the nation only tests people with severe symptoms. Mexico City has been hit the worst, reporting more than 183,000 cases.
Out of a country of 130 million people, only about 2.5 million tests have been conducted, AP reports.
Mexico’s Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell criticized the media of “being alarmist” when he was asked about the country reaching 100,000 deaths.
“The epidemic is terrible in itself, you don’t have to add drama to it,” he said. “Putting statistics on the front page doesn’t, in my view, help much.”
The situation in Mexico comes as the U.S. continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic that has killed more than 1.3 million people around the world.
More than 252,000 people have died in the U.S. as of Friday, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the COVID-19 death toll could reach between 276,000 and 298,000 by Dec. 12.
Meanwhile, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects the COVID-19 death toll could reach 470,974 by March.
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