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Mexico exceeds two million virus cases

Covid 19
Photo: Mexico exceeds two million virus cases
Mexico has topped two million confirmed coronavirus cases and 175,000 deaths related to COVID-19, though officials concede that the country's extremely low rate of testing means the real figures are much higher. 
The country's health department on Tuesday said 8683 cases and 1329 deaths had been confirmed in the past 24 hours.


Mexico's 175,986 test-confirmed deaths so far in the pandemic is the third-highest toll in the world, behind the United States and Brazil.
But estimates of the country's excess deaths for 2020 suggest the real death toll is more than 220,000.
And excess death figures for January and early February - when the highest wave of cases came - have not yet been posted.


Mexico has barely begun vaccinating the elderly, and the department said about 189,000 doses had been administered in the first two days of the campaign. There are about 15.7 million people over 60 who need the shots.
Mexico has received only about 1.9 million doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines so far, enough for about one million people in a nation of 126 million.

Earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico would bring up the issue of unequal access to vaccines among nations at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.
Ebrard complained that countries that produce vaccines have had far greater access to the shots than those that don't.
Mexico wants vaccines concentrated under a UN distribution program that would ensure more equal access.

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