MEXICO OVERTAKES UK WITH 3RD HIGHEST COVID DEATH TOLL
Mexico's COVID-19 deaths Thursday have surpassed 46,000 and the Latin American country overtook the UK for the world's third-highest death total, teleSURreported on August 1, 2020.
However, the British mortality rate is still higher, with over 677 deaths per million inhabitants. Mexico’s figures show over 351 deaths per million.
Over the last 24 hours, the Mexican health authorities recorded 639 new deaths and 7,730 new COVID-19 cases. This is the second-highest number of infections for one day after 8,438 on July 23. These numbers bring the country’s contagion toll to 416,179.
Epidemiology Director Jose Luis Alomia reported that there are 90,582 suspect cases, 604 more than the day before. He also said that they forecast that nearly 46 percent of these suspected cases will be diagnosed as positive. To fight the pandemic, the country's hospital network has 30,510 general beds and 10,298 intensive care beds. As explained by Alomía, 14,240 general beds are occupied, which represents 47 percent of the total capacity, while 3,922 intensive care beds are in use.