Mexico adds 5,928 COVID-19 cases

MEXICO CITY (XINHUA) – Mexico reported 5,928 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 504 deaths, bringing the total cases in the country to 549,734 and the death toll to 59,610, its health ministry said.

The epidemic is still worsening as the testing capabilities remain low.

The government said the real infection number is likely significantly higher than reported.

A day earlier, the country recorded 6,778 new cases of COVID-19, with 625 fatalities.

Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan said the epidemic might be underrepresented as testing capabilities keep running low when half of the tested population received positive results.

Population geography and income levels cause discrepancies in Mexico’s infection dynamic.

The WHO official said residents in impoverished municipalities are twice as likely to die from the novel coronavirus than those living in wealthier districts.

Mexico has been offered at least 2,000 doses of a Russian COVID-19 vaccine and is to take part in its clinical trials. It also agreed to help produce a COVID-19 vaccine for Latin America developed by Britain’s Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

A worker sanitises a street in Xochimilco, a tourist site, in Mexico City, Mexico. PHOTO: XINHUA