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Mexico sees rise in Covid-19 cases, but no increase in deaths or severe cases: Official

IANS | June 30, 2021 08:39 AM

MEXICO CITY: Mexico is seeing an increase in Covid-19 infections, but the trend has not carried over to a rise in deaths or severe cases, a health official said on Tuesday.

Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Mexico could end this week with an increase of between 15 and 18 per cent in the number of newly detected and estimated Covid-19 cases, the Xinhua news agency reported.

"A prominent element, not only in Mexico but in the world, is that an increase in cases ... now shows a significant discrepancy regarding a corresponding rise in serious cases and deaths, " he explained.

He pointed out that one of the reasons that new infections are not resulting in deaths or serious cases is that the national vaccination campaign against Covid-19 is successfully immunising the population.

According to its records, the Mexican government has inoculated nearly 30.4 million people out of a total population of 89.4 million over 18 years old with at least one vaccine dose.

The official also explained that a large part of the deaths in 2020 was among people over 60 years old and people with comorbidities.

As of Monday, Mexico had accumulated 2, 507, 453 Covid-19 cases and 232, 608 deaths, according to Health Ministry data.

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