Mexico is among the 10 countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls

Leer en español Global infections from the novel coronavirus have surpassed ten million as the pandemic played out unevenly across the planet, with China eager to declare a victory, Europe tentatively emerging from its shell, and deaths still rising in hotspots in Latin America. The grim milestone is still only a fraction of the true number of infections from a virus that has claimed more than  849,031 lives in its whirl around the globe, according to official sources. Recommended: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global cases mapped And while many hard-hit European countries have significantly curbed the rise of cases, Latin America has been in the grip of an infection surge. In this vein, Mexico overtook China’s COVID-19 death toll on May 15 as the Latin American country struggles to cope with soaring numbers of infections. [embedded content] Recommended: Mexico overtakes China's COVID-19 death toll On May 21, Mexico joined the 10 countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls, according to the John Hopkins coronavirus tally. [embedded content] As of August 31, the United States has registered 183,499 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 120,828, and India with 64,469 COVID-19 related deaths. Meanwhile, Mexico has 64,414 COVID-19 related deaths to date while the United Kingdom has 41,588 fatalities. Italy has 35,483 fatalities, followed by France with 30,640 COVID-19 related deaths, Spain with 29,094 deaths, Peru with 28,788, and Iran with 21,571.  The ten countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls   United States 183,499 COVID-19 related deaths Brazil 120,828 COVID-19 related deaths India 64,469 COVID-19 related deaths Mexico 64,414 COVID-19 related deaths The United Kingdom 41,588 COVID-19 related deaths Italy  35,483 COVID-19 related deaths France 30,640 COVID-19 related deaths Spain 29,094 COVID-19 related deaths Peru 28,788 COVID-19 related deaths Iran 21,571 COVID-19 related deaths In spite of the projections, Mexico’s 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. Recommended: Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass ten million mp 

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Mexico is among the 10 worst-hit countries by COVID-19

Global infections from the novel coronavirus have topped 27 million as the rate of new cases surges, particularly in the United States and Latin America, according to a tally on September 9. One million new infections were recorded in only six days, according to the count based on official sources, just as countries start to unwind punishing lockdowns that have devastated their economies and thrown millions out of work. Mexico recently implemented a four-color coding system to resume activities after COVID-19 in order to reactivate the economy. The epidemiological four-step “traffic light” model is designed to resume non-essential activities. The four categories defined for the gradual reopening of activities are based on their social value: high and low in social value, as well as according to the number of people they involve. Recommended: Mexico is among the 10 countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls Every week, Mexico's health authorities will inform the current color of the "traffic light" model in each state during the daily news conference to report the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which is led by Mexico's coronavirus czar Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez. Nevertheless, the IMF warned on its latest World Economic Outlook that Mexico’s economy will plummet 10.7% as the global economy faces the worst recession since the Great Depression due to the effects of the pandemic. The International Monetary Fund is forecasting a nearly double-digit recession for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020 – a contraction of 9.4% – as the region is dragged down by its two largest economies, Mexico and Brazil, which continue to suffer from the coronavirus. The multilateral lending agency said in its report that in Latin America, “most countries are still struggling to contain infections.” The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China six months ago surpassed 900,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave, with the rate of contagion doubling since May 21. Recommended: Mexico's coronavirus outbreak could end by October The United States, the hardest-hit country, has surpassed 6 million cases alone, as efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse were set back by a jump in new infections in big states such as Florida. Despite Mexico’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the disease, including the reconversion of hospitals throughout the country to treat patients infected with COVID-19, the purchase of tonnes of medical supplies from China as well as over 300 ventilators from the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has infected over 600,000 Mexicans to date. Moreover, on July 4, Mexico became the 5th country with the highest COVID-19 death toll, the same day, it joined the list of the 10 countries with the highest COVID-19 infection rates, according to the John Hopkins coronavirus tally. As of September 9, the United States has registered 6,358,247 confirmed COVID-19 cases, followed by India with 4,370,128, and Brazil with 4,162,073 cases. Meanwhile, Russia has 1,037,526 COVID-19 cases to date while Peru has 696,190. Colombia has 679,513 confirmed coronavirus infections, followed by Mexico with 647,507, South Africa with 642,431 cases, Spain with 543.379, and Argentina with 500,034. The 10 countries with the highest rate of COVID-19 infections  United States 6,358,247 confirmed COVID-19 cases India 4,370,128 confirmed COVID-19 cases Brazil 4,162,073 confirmed COVID-19 cases Russia 1,037,526 confirmed COVID-19 cases Peru 696,190 confirmed COVID-19 cases Colombia 679,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases Mexico  647,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases South Africa 642,431 confirmed COVID-19 cases Spain  543.379 confirmed COVID-19 cases Argentina 500,034 confirmed COVID-19 cases Recommended: Mexico: The COVID-19 pandemic is not under control mp

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Live Updates: COVID-19 death toll in Mexico

Every day, Mexican authorities hold news conferences to provide updates on the number of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, as well as the number of coronavirus-related deaths.  Recommended: Mexico is among the 10 countries with the highest COVID-19 death tolls Some of the authorities in charge of the conferences are Dr. Hugo López Gatell, the Vice Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion, and Dr. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, the general director of Epidemiology. As of September 10, Mexican authorities confirmed 69,649 COVID-19 fatalities. Most of the victims were males between 37 and 77 years old. Moreover, chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure have played a significant role in the majority of fatalities. [embedded content] On August 14, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared 30 days of national mourning for COVID-19 victims in the country. Recommended: Mexico is among the 10 worst-hit countries by COVID-19  Protect yourself from COVID-19 The World Health Organization has issued several recommendations to protect yourself: 1. Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. 2. Maintain physical distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth: Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth and then enter the body. 4. Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. 5. Medical attention: Seek medical attention early if you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Stay home if you feel sick. Recommended: Mexico City’s new app will help you find the nearest hospital in case you contract COVID-19 Who is Dr. Hugo López Gatell? He is a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine and holds a Master in Medical Sciences and Doctorate in Epidemiology. He has extensive experience in academy and public service. Dr. López Gatell has served as general director of Epidemiology and National Focal Point for International Health Regulations, as well as Director of Innovation in Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control of the Research Center on Infectious Diseases (CISEI), and Director of National Health Surveys, at the National Institute of Public Health. Furthermore, he was a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), located in the U.S. gm

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