NUSADAILY.COM -MEXICO- The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Mexico according to official government data has passed 150,000 as of Monday (25/1) after a spike in cases of coronavirus infection in recent weeks.
The surge in cases of coronavirus infection in Mexico has severely burdened the health care system in the nation’s capital to the limit and caused President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to contract COVID-19.
Mexico’s Health Ministry on Monday reported an additional 659 fatalities due to COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 150,273.
While the additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday were 8,521 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Mexico to 1,771,740.
The Mexican government says the actual number of people infected with the coronavirus is likely much higher than the number of confirmed cases.
Mexico has struggled to cope with the pandemic, and the country has the fourth highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world. In the capital, Mexico City, a number of families are struggling to buy or rent much-needed oxygen canisters by relatives suffering from COVID-19.
On Sunday (24/1), President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 67, who has a history of heart problems and high blood pressure, said he tested positive for COVID-19 and was being treated for mild symptoms.
On Monday, government officials close to Lopez Obrador said they would undergo COVID testing.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, who spearheaded Mexico’s response to the outbreak, said in a video call during a regular government press conference that he isolated himself because of potential exposure to the coronavirus. (sak/ant)