Covid19 – Mexico becomes the 3rd country to have the most covid deaths
Mexico on Thursday surpassed India in confirmed COVID-19 deaths, giving the Latin American country the third-highest toll worldwide, according to a Reuters tally of official data. Mexico reported an increase of 1,506 Covid deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 155,145. It now has a higher death toll than a country with more than 10 times as many people.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who himself is currently battling the illness, has resisted mandatory lockdowns seen in other countries and has largely pressed forward with the same priorities he had before the outbreak. He’s avoided widespread direct stimulus to ease the virus’s economic impact and has continued to tout his efforts to root out corruption.
Lopez Obrador, 67, has been isolating since announcing his diagnosis, though he continues to work, officials have said. India’s reported Covid fatality rate has declined to about a tenth of its daily high in September to more than 100 deaths a day. The number of registered cases has also dropped after it began its vaccination drive earlier in January.