Mexico overtakes China's COVID-19 death toll

15/05/2020
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Mexico overtakes China's COVID-19 death toll
Medical staff members transferring medical equipmen Wuhan, China - Photo: STR/AFP

Mexico overtakes China's COVID-19 death toll

15/05/2020
19:19
Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English
Mexico City
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As of May 15, Mexico's Health Ministry reported 45,032 COVID-19 cases and 4,767 deaths

On May 15, Mexico registered a  jump of 290 deaths from coronavirus on Thursday, pushing the death toll above that of China, where the disease originated, for the first time as the country struggles to cope with soaring numbers of infections.

With 4,767 fatalities to date, Mexico's coronavirus outbreak has overflowed crematoriums in Mexico City and the metropolitan area.

Mexico joined countries like the U.S., Italy, Spain, and France that overtook China's death toll in previous months, according to the John Hopkins coronavirus tally.
 
Mexican medical staff, which even before the pandemic registered one of the lowest numbers of doctors and nurses for every 100,000 inhabitants among members of the OECD, are not only suffering from violence and discrimination throughout the country but have also reported they urgently need protective equipment to treat patients although the government has bought tons of medical supplies from China and ventilators from the U.S.

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On April 21, Mexico entered Phase 3 of its emergency plan against the novel coronavirus. At this stage, experts expect a surge in contagions and cases that require hospitalization. Therefore, Health authorities urged people to stay home and implement physical distancing measures.

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In spite of the projections, the lockdown will be partially lifted between May 17 and June 1 depending on how the pandemic has affected each municipality, although elders and other vulnerable groups from all over the country are urged to stay home.

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As of May 15, Mexico's Health Ministry reported 45,032 COVID-19 cases and 4,767 deaths

Aside from the devastating health impact, the lockdown has dealt a punishing blow to the Mexican economy, with different sectors grind to a halt.

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