Country reveals shocking truth about its coronavirus death toll

Supera México los 200.000 fallecimientos por covid-19

Mexico registered 294,287 deaths associated with Covid-19 up to mid-February, new government data showed, much higher than the country's official coronavirus fatality toll.

The figure, given in a report on excess deaths released on Sunday, is 69 percent more than the 173,771 deaths announced by the health ministry at the time for the same period through February 13.

The previous figure had been undercounted due to the country's limited capacity for coronavirus testing and a significant number of deaths at home because hospitals were overwhelmed.

Mexico's government has released a new report that shows almost 120,000 victims of Covid-19 may have gone uncounted until now - a finding which would raise the country's death toll from the virus by almost 60%.

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The higher toll would rival that of Brazil, which now has the world's second-highest number of deaths after the United States. But Mexico's population of 126 million is far smaller than either of those countries.

In total, the report identified 417,002 "excess deaths" since the pandemic began, of which 70.6% are estimated to be related to Covid-19.

Mexico calculates excess deaths by comparing the deaths in a given year to those that would be expected based on data from previous years. "But some experts say COVID-19 may have contributed to numerous other excess deaths because many people couldn't get treatment for other diseases because hospitals were overwhelmed", the AP added.

During a spike in cases during January, more 200 deaths a day linked to the virus were recorded in the capital.

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