Mexico is set to surpass 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, one of the world’s highest death tolls.
Its death count is closing the gap with that of India, a country with a population several times larger. Only the United States and Brazil have reported higher numbers.
Defying repeated calls by authorities, Mexicans had nevertheless met to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Then, infections and deaths hit several records in January.
The confirmed death toll in Mexico had risen to 149,084 by Saturday, and the number of infections to more than 1.75 million, authorities reported.
But health officials have said the real number of cases and deaths is likely significantly higher.