Mexico surpasses one million COVID-19 cases

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Mexico surpassed one million COVID-19 cases on Saturday, registering 5,860 new infections over the previous day in a country with one of the world’s highest death tolls from the virus, the government said.

A total of 1,003,253 people have now tested positive for the virus in Mexico, said Health Ministry official Ricardo Cortes.

The death toll meanwhile reached 98,259, including 635 registered over the past day, he added. Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest death toll from the virus behind the United States (US), Brazil and India, according to an AFP tally based on official figures. It also has the 11th highest number of infections. Cases have been spiking in a number of areas of the country.

“We probably still need to see the worst,” former national commissioner against the AH1N1 influenza pandemic in Mexico City in 2009 Alejandro Macias told AFP.