Mexico says Covid-19 deaths likely 60% higher than official count

Red hearts are painted onto the wall of the embankment on the south side of the River Thames

This conclusion is at odds with the much lower figures that the same ministry has been reporting every day until now - as recently as Saturday, only 201,429 Covid-linked deaths were reported as "confirmed".

According to data from this new report, Mexico's death toll would be higher than Brazil's and would place the country as second worst-hit in the world, following the US.

Mexico's death toll from COVID-19 has surged to more than 321,000 after the government acknowledged underreporting its total by around 60%. But Mexico's population of 126 million is far smaller than either of those countries.

National statistics institute INEGI reported in January that Mexico had registered 68 percent more coronavirus deaths up to the end of August 2020 than reported at the time by the health ministry. "The only way to get a clear picture is to review "excess deaths" and review death certificates", the AP said.

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The government has long said Mexico's real tally of Covid-19 deaths is likely significantly higher than the confirmed toll, which is one of the highest worldwide.

Workers on horseback late past year in the Valle de Chalco municipal cemetery on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Medical staff check the current status of a Covid-19 patient at a hospital in Tijuana a year ago. Also suggestive were the overall number of "excess deaths" since the pandemic began, around 417,000.

Former President Felipe Calderón, Tweeted on Saturday that "more than 400,000 Mexicans have died, above the average for previous years ... probably the highest figure in the world".

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