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Mexico now has third-highest number of coronavirus deaths

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2 days ago Muri Assunção
a person standing next to a suitcase: A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant solution inside the coffin of a person who died from suspected COVID-19, as the body arrives at the crematorium at Xilotepec Cemetery in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Monday, July 27, 2020. © Rebecca Blackwell A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant solution inside the coffin of a person who died from suspected COVID-19, as the body arrives at the crematorium at Xilotepec Cemetery in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Monday, July 27, 2020.

The coronavirus death toll in Mexico is now the third-highest in the world.

On Friday, Mexican health officials reported 688 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total of fatalities to 46,688, among nearly 425,000 infections.

The U.K., which previously had the world’s third-highest death toll, has a total of 46,278 deaths as of Saturday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Only the U.S. and Brazil now have reported more fatalities than Mexico, which ranks sixth in total cases of COVID-19, behind the U.S., Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.

According to Reuters, health experts say that the actual numbers are likely higher than official numbers.

The country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has angered health advocates for constantly refusing to wear face masks in public.

On Friday, he told reporters that he would only wear one, when the country eradicates corruption.

“You know when I’m going to put on a mask? When there is no corruption. Then I’ll put on a mask and I’ll stop talking,” he said.

The president, popularly known as Amlo, also said that he plans to go ahead with Independence Day celebrations in the capital, Mexico City, on Sept. 16.

“Faced with adversity, with epidemics, with floods, earthquakes, bad governments, we always go out” to celebrate, Amlo said. “Now we’re going to continue going out.”

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