Mexico to start vaccinating 50-59 year olds as Covid death toll rises to 345,000

Mexico to start vaccinating 50-59 year olds as Covid death toll rises to 345,000

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s death toll from the pandemic topped 345,000 on Tuesday, although most states saw no rebound in coronavirus cases, officials said.

There have been more than 215,500 deaths confirmed by tests linked to COVID-19, but Mexico does so little testing that many people die without being tested.

A preliminary review of death certificates by the government suggested that additional deaths from COVID-19 had reached 316,344 by early March. There have been 29,395 test-confirmed deaths since then, for a total of 345,739.

The Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo, home to the resort town of Cancun, has seen an increase in coronavirus cases, as has the Pacific coast state of Colima. Authorities believe that increased tourism during Easter week in Quintana Roo may have contributed to the increase in infections.

The government announced on Tuesday that it plans to start vaccinating people between the ages of 50 and 59. Previously, only frontline health workers, teachers and those over 60 were eligible for the vaccine.

Authorities have administered 16.7 million doses to date, a small amount considering the country’s population of 126 million. Like many countries, Mexico has struggled to get enough vaccines.

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