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 Mexico’s coronavirus demise toll has handed up that of the UK to turn out to be the nation with the third-highest variety of virus fatalities, additional highlighting Latin America’s standing as a viral hotspot as many international locations there present no indication that the top of the pandemic is anyplace in sight.

KEY FACTS

On Friday, Mexico reported 688 new deaths for a complete of 46,688, in accordance with a tracker from Johns Hopkins College, simply sufficient to push the nation previous the U.Ok’s complete demise rely, which was listed as 46,204 on Friday.

Mexico now solely has much less reported coronavirus fatalities than the U.S. and Brazil, though its complete case rely nonetheless ranks sixth, behind international locations like India, Russia and South Africa.

Regardless of the surge in current reported circumstances and deaths, specialists say the numbers are nonetheless possible an undercount.

Overtaking the U.Ok.’s demise toll has renewed the strain placed on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has fielded criticism for downplaying the pandemic and has garnered comparisons to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump, who lead the opposite two worst-hit international locations.

On Friday, he made a remark to reporters that he would solely put on a masks when Mexico’s corruption is now not an issue—“then I’ll placed on a masks and I’ll cease speaking,” he stated.

KEY BACKGROUND

Like his counterparts Bolsonaro and Trump, Lopez Obrador has spurned sporting a masks in public, resisted social distancing measures and criticized media shops’ protection of Mexico’s climbing circumstances. “The face masks has been politicized right here the identical approach it has within the U.S. and the U.Ok., amongst different international locations,” Mexico Metropolis sociologist Rodolfo Soriano-Núñez advised The Guardian. The choice to put on a masks in public is taken into account by some in Mexico as a approach to make a political assertion, an analogous phenomenon to what has been seen within the U.S. and Brazil and one which the international locations’ presidents have been slammed for encouraging as a approach to enchantment to their base. A lot of Latin America is struggling beneath the load of the pandemic, as circumstances and deaths rise, and specialists say the area’s financial inequality and disparate healthcare entry makes many individuals residing there notably susceptible to getting sick. Colombia on Friday handed 10,000 complete deaths, with the nation prone to hit 300,000 complete confirmed circumstances by the top of the weekend, Reuters reported. In response to a report from the Andalou Company, Latin America makes up 30% of the world’s confirmed coronavirus deaths, regardless of accounting for less than 8% of the worldwide inhabitants.

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