Mexico overtakes France in COVID-19 deaths

By Reuters/NAN

Mexico has overtaken France to become country with the fifth-highest coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the world with the 523 new deaths recorded on Saturday .

The country’s death toll now stands at 30,366.

The health ministry also reported 6,914 new infections and a total of 252,165 confirmed cases.

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Gatell reiterated that the actual number of infected was probably significantly higher.

“We knew from the beginning that the cases we report here do not represent the total number of people with COVID-19 in Mexico,” he told a regular news conference.

“Neither Mexico nor any other country in the world aims to make an exhaustive count.”

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Citing unpublished figures from the civil registry, broadcaster Milenio said that by June 19 almost twice as many people had died from the virus as reported by Gatell.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the information.