Mexico's Covid death toll estimated at 600,000, new study finds

Mexico’s Covid death toll estimated at 600,000, new study finds

The coronavirus has killed more than 600,000 people in Mexico, according to health researchers who have found that the death toll from Covid-19 in the Latin American nation is almost three times the official total.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine on Thursday released an analysis estimating that 617,127 people have died from Covid-19 in Mexico based on adjusted excess death rates.

The number is 183% higher than Mexico’s official toll, which rose to 218,007 on Wednesday.

“As terrible as the Covid-19 pandemic may appear, this analysis shows that the real toll is much worse,” Dr Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, said in a statement.

In Mexico, a large number of people have died at home without being tested for Covid-19. In addition, the testing rate in Mexico remains low, at around 51,000 tests per million people, according to German statistical portal Statista.

But the challenge of accurately counting all Covid-19-related deaths resonates around the world, Murray said, adding that many Covid-19-related deaths go unreported because most countries only report deaths. occurring in hospitals or in patients with confirmed infection.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that the coronavirus has killed an estimated 6.9 million people worldwide, more than double what official figures show, which means that “deaths from Covid-19 are considerably under-reported in almost all countries ”.

Based on estimates, Mexico has recorded the third highest number of Covid-19-related deaths, after the United States and India.

Researchers estimate that Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 905,289 people in the United States, about 56% more than its official death toll of around 575,000.

In India, researchers estimate more than 654,000 people have died from Covid-19, which is also about three times higher than its official death toll of 221,181.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the global death toll from Covid-19 is around 3.25 million and Mexico ranks fourth in deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and India .

Mexican officials admitted in March that the actual death toll in the country from Covid-19 is significantly higher than initially reported, estimating the deaths were only 60% higher than official data. Their estimate of around 320,000 deaths is eclipsed by that of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

“Many countries have devoted exceptional efforts to measuring the toll of the pandemic, but our analysis shows how difficult it is to accurately track a new infectious disease that is spreading quickly,” Murray said in the statement. not only helps us appreciate the magnitude of this global crisis, but also provides valuable information to decision makers who are developing response and recovery plans. “

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