Covid: Mexico passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths

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Mexico has recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 – the fourth country to pass the sombre milestone.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has suffered 100,104 deaths since the pandemic began.

The news comes just days after the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country reported more than one million infections.

Government officials have acknowledged that the true toll from the pandemic is likely higher.

Only the US, Brazil and India have recorded more deaths than Mexico, which has a population of roughly 125 million. Its mortality rate of 9.8% is one of the highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Critics accuse President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of being too slow to bring in measures to tackle the outbreak when the pandemic began, and of rolling back those restrictions too quickly.

In March the government ran adverts declaring that the virus “is not an emergency situation”, and President Obrador told the media that amulets and prayer were his “protective shield” against infection.

After telling Mexicans to stay at home at the end of March as Covid-19 cases started to rise, Mr Obrador eased regulations in May in a bid to restart the suffering economy.

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