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Mexico tops 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, but more casualties

MEXICO CA CITY AC. (AP) – Mexico exceeded 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador describing vaccination efforts as a race against time.

The president is preparing to call in more troops, state and local personnel to boost vaccination efforts as more doses arrive, including the 1.7 million AstraZeneca shot that the United States has “lent” to Mexico.

Mexico’s 200,211 COVID-19 confirmed deaths, announced on Thursday, follow only the United States and Brazil, the countries with the largest populations. The actual death toll is estimated at close to 300,000 due to the extremely low level of testing in the country.

“I think it’s more. “I think, for example, that the news numbers are incorrect, I think there are more,” said Benigno Clemente ara Arat, a funeral worker at the funeral home.

Ara Araten said he was prone to multiple deaths in a single household.

“We had a number of jobs where two or three people died in the same house, in the same family,” he said.

The Mexican government stopped publishing figures on excessive deaths in late 2020; The figures were last reported in early January, before the worst of the second wave of deaths.

But Mexican authorities have released surplus death tolls by the end of February, showing that January deaths were almost 46% higher than in the first wave of June.

It is a dance of figures. The Mexican Department of Health estimates nearly 220,000 “estimated” COVID-19 deaths as of mid-March, but that estimate is not based on over-reported deaths և probably does not include the significant number of deaths at home in Mexico.

Mexico City was one of the worst-hit cities in the world. Mexico City’s 9 million people were killed by 38,627; With only 7.1% of the country’s population, the capital had 19.3% of the country’s total deaths.

Although large, crowded cities with mass transit systems could suffer more worldwide, Mexico also has much better health facilities than the rest of the country. About 430 confirmed COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 were registered in the capital.

Human sacrifice is oppressive.

Patricia Silva Caudillo, 46, went to a dusty cemetery on the eastern edge of the city to bury her husband, 51st builder Pedro Capilla, a 51-year-old patient. -19:

“She was everything to me,” said Silva Caudillo. “He was my companion, my support.”

Rakel Diaz also came to the cemetery to bury her relative. “It left a lot of pain, a lot of tragedy, so many people were left orphaned or widowed,” said Diaz. “I do not think this epidemic has brought anything good.”

Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that he considered it a fight against time for all people over the age of 60 to be vaccinated with at least one dose in late April, before a possible third wave strikes.

“We must avoid any return, unwanted, emergency situation with return infections such as those that occur in other parts of the world,” said Lopez Obrador. “We do not want a revival.”

It is unlikely that the approximately 6 million vaccines delivered to Mexico so far will play a large role in the statistical decline in deaths in recent weeks; it is unclear how many Mexicans are being shot.

The Mexican government is widely using two Chinese-made vaccines, but doubts remain about their effectiveness due to a lack of information, which may fuel widespread skepticism.

In a March 6-9 poll, according to the GEA-ISA survey company, only 52% of 1,000 Mexicans surveyed said they were ready to be vaccinated. 20% said they were not sure, and 28% said they would not be vaccinated. The survey had an error margin of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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