Mexico world's 3rd highest in terms coronavirus deaths

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2020

Mexico now has the third highest coronavirus death toll in the world, rising higher than the UK's for the first time.

Mexican Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell has reportedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and opted for lighter tactics and less widespread testing. Ten state governors called for his resignation Friday, according to the BBC.

However, the real number of infections is likely to be higher in Mexico, as comparatively few people are being tested there.

In Brazil, the country second hardest hit by the virus worldwide, the death toll climbed to 92,475 with the latest fatalities, while the number of cases surged to over 2.6 million, including 52,383 infected over the past 24 hours.

Hurricane Isaias' imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even though Florida has become a major hot spot, and other states in the path of the storm prepared emergency shelters that comply with social-distancing measures. Thousands of new cases have popped up in private medical centers, which are not being reported in the federal system, a report by Reuters showed in mid-June. Countries with higher case counts include U.S., Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.

"You know when I'm going to put on a mask?"

On Friday, he told reporters that he would only wear one, when the country eradicates corruption.

Japan's capital Tokyo saw its third day straight of record case numbers on Saturday, according to the metropolitan government.

The letter blamed the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for "an erratic handling of the epidemic and a lack of efficient response" that simultaneously boosted Mexico's death toll to the third-highest in the world while suffering an 18.9% drop in economic activity in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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