Mexico’s new daily record of almost 28,000 coronavirus cases

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico posted its highest one-day total of newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 27,944 infections, and a near-record 1,623 confirmed deaths.

That brings the country’s total so far to just over 1.8 million cases and 153,639 deaths.

However, Mexico has an extremely low rate of testing, and estimates of excess deaths suggest the real toll is over 195,000.

A group of over a dozen of the country’s top universities and medical institutes also recommended on Wednesday that the use of face masks be made mandatory in Mexico, a move that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his advisers have long opposed.

The president himself seldom wears a mask, and over the weekend tested positive for COVID-19.

The president’s top pandemic adviser, Hugo López-Gatell, said the 67-year-old president was doing well and was active, and had almost no symptoms apart from an occasional low-grade fever.