Mexico's real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321000

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Mexico officially has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, following an admission by the country's government on Saturday that it was under-reporting the number of deaths by as much as 60 percent, according to the Associated Press (AP). "The only way to get a clear picture is to review "excess deaths" and review death certificates", the AP said.

Crematorium workers burn the coffins that contained the remains of people who died from the coronavirus after their cremation at Mexico City previous year.

Last week, Brazil became the second country to record 300,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Since then, from February 15 up until Saturday, there have been 27,223 additional Covid-19 deaths, according to a CNN analysis of health ministry data, which makes for a total of 321,510 deaths in the country.

The health ministry's latest official toll stood at 201,623 on Sunday - the third highest in the world, behind Brazil at more than 312,000 and the United States at around 549,000 fatalities.

Mexico's government has released a new report that shows almost 120,000 victims of Covid-19 may have gone uncounted until now - a finding which would raise the country's death toll from the virus by almost 60%.

However, Mexico's population of 126 million is far smaller than either of those nations.

By reviewing death certificates, the authors of the report found that more than 70% of the excess deaths were COVID-19 related, often because it was listed on the certificates as a suspected or contributing cause of death. It is mostly reserved for those who have died from the coronavirus.

The overall number of excess deaths - the difference in the number of deaths in a pandemic year with a non-pandemic year - reached 417,000.



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