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XINHUA

Aas of Saturday, Nov. 14,  Mexico had reported more than 1 million confirmed cases of covid-19 infections, the country’s Health Secretariat said.

With at least 5,860 new novel coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the country’s totll number of confirmed cases Saturday was 1,003,253, the secretariat said.

Meanwhile, 635 more deaths were reported that day, bringing the death toll in Mexico to 98,259.

Mexico now  ranks fourth worldwide, following the United States, Brazil and India.

Mexican authorities admitted that the real number of infections is likely significantly higher than the reported confirmed cases, since most patients are not regularly tested and thus not counted in the official tally.

The northern Mexican state of Durango and the neighboring state Chihuahua have been put on the highest level of coronavirus alert in a bid to contain the recent spike in the north of the country, according to the health officials.

Except these two northern states, most of Mexico’s 32 regions are currently at the lower orange or yellow alert levels, although Mexico City is approaching a return to red alert levels, as are several other states.

In an interview with Xinhua, Mexican epidemiologist Malaquias López Cervantes called the situation in the country “serious,” saying it is necessary to review the current health model in order to take measures, such as case tracking, to avoid further infections.

He also expressed his concern for the future, as a “period of resurgence” of cases in almost half of the country is predicted in the coming months.

“The important thing is to protect the Mexican population, a society worn out by prolonged confinement and, due to the ineffectiveness of the current health model, the country will reach the end of this year, 2020, with even more deaths,” he said.

López Cervantes said it is important for the government to focus on improving primary care, to guarantee access and coverage for covid-19 and other problems that are affecting Mexicans.

Notwithstanding, numerous hospitals and clinics across the country are reporting severe shortages of crucial personal protection equipment (PPE) and personnel shortages.

Due to the pandemic, Mexico, the second-largest economy in Latin America after Brazil, is facing a record economic decline of 9 percent for 2020, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mexico registered its first case of covid-19 on Feb. 28.

,,,Nov. 16, 2020

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