Covid-19: Mexico passes 150,000 deaths as pandemic deepens

A person loads into the back seat of a car a tank filled with oxygen for a family member sick with Covid-19, in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City. The city offers free oxygen refills for Covid-19 patients. — AP
A person loads into the back seat of a car a tank filled with oxygen for a family member sick with Covid-19, in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City. The city offers free oxygen refills for Covid-19 patients. — AP

Mexico City - Mexico has struggled to contain the pandemic and has the fourth-highest death toll worldwide.



By Reuters

Published: Tue 26 Jan 2021, 7:13 AM

Mexico’s official death toll from Covid-19 passed 150,000 on Monday following a surge in infections in recent weeks that has stretched the health system in the capital to the limit and led to the president contracting the virus.

The Health Ministry on Monday reported 659 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 150,273. There were 8,521 new cases on Monday for a total of 1,771,740 confirmed infections.

The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

Mexico has struggled to contain the pandemic and has the fourth-highest death toll worldwide. In the capital, Mexico City, families are struggling to buy or rent vital tanks of oxygen for relatives suffering from Covid-19.

On Sunday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 67, who has a history of heart problems and high blood pressure, said he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was being treated for mild symptoms.

Government officials close to Lopez Obrador said they would undergo testing. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, who has spearheaded Mexico’s response to the outbreak, said in a video call during a regular government news conference that he was self-isolating due to potential exposure.


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