Mexican health officials revealed the highest daily spike in fatalities related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The new record comes as authorities are broadly accused of doctoring statistics to downplay the true scope of the pandemic.
During the daily news conference, Mexico’s Epidemiology Director Jose Luis Alomia said the nation has seen a total of 6,090 fatalities and 56,594 confirmed cases. The number of fatalities rose by 424 in a single day.
Conferencia de Prensa#COVID19| 20 de mayo de 2020#GraciasPorCuidarnos https://t.co/uygZ4hd5LT
— SALUD México (@SSalud_mx) May 21, 2020
The current fatalities reported by Mexico place it as one of the countries with the highest fatality rates. The current figures recently surpassed China’s acknowledged totals.
Al 20 de mayo de 2020 hay 56,594 casos confirmados, 12,085 confirmados activos y 31,866 sospechosos por #COVID19. Se han registrado 105,129 negativos, 6,090 defunciones confirmadas, 726 defunciones sospechosas y fueron estudiadas 193,589 personas. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/7VGucwlNB9
— Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez (@HLGatell) May 21, 2020
Despite the high numbers, Mexican health officials stand accused of under-counting fatalities and confirmed cases. Mexico has only performed 193,589 tests, which led politicians to claim this helps keep the number of cases artificially low. Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatell previously admitted his figures do not include cases from private hospitals.
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