Mexico passes 2 million confirmed virus cases

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A person prepares to get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 in the Magdalena Contreras area of Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, as Mexico begins to vaccinate people over age 60 against the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

May 04 2021 05:30 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has topped 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 175,000 deaths, though officials concede that the country’s extremely low rate of testing means the real figures are much higher.

The Health Department said Tuesday that 8,683 more cases and 1,329 more deaths had been confirmed in the previous 24 hours.

Mexico’s 175,986 test-confirmed deaths so far is the third-highest toll in the world, behind the U.S. and Brazil. But estimates of the country’s excess deaths for 2020 suggest the real death toll from the pandemic is more than 220,000.

And excess death figures for January and early February — when the highest wave of cases came — have not yet been posted.

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