Mexico reached 46,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, surpassing the United Kingdom as the third country in the world with the most deaths from the pandemic (behind the United States and Brazil), according to official statistics from Mexican health authorities.
Mexico reached 416,179 with 7,730 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the second highest number for one day since the declaration of the pandemic at the end of February.
Infections increased by 1.89% and deaths by 1.4%, both percentages compared to the previous day’s statistics, when 45,361 deaths and 408,449 cases were reported in the country.
The Mexican government’s director-general of epidemiology, José Luis Alomía, reported that the number of estimated cases of COVID-19 in his country is 458,688 and the estimated number of deaths is 47,910.
The estimates are the result of adding the confirmed infections plus a percentage of suspects as well as deaths pending determination of the cause, health officials said.
Alomía also said that in Mexico there are 90,582 suspects of having the SARS-CoV2 virus, 604 more than on Wednesday, of which it is estimated that 46% will test positive.
Mexican health authorities have performed 968,536 tests to detect coronavirus infection, of which 461,775 were negative, equivalent to 47.6%.
Alomía explained that the number of recovered patients reached 267,147 this Thursday.
The country’s hospital network for COVID-19 consists of 30,510 general beds and 10,298 intensive care beds for more seriously ill patients, explained the director of epidemiology.
Of the general beds, 14,240 are occupied, representing 47% of the total; and 3,922 of the intensive care beds are in use, 38% of the total capacity, according to Alomía.
Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Tabasco, Veracruz and Guanajuato are the Mexican territorial entities with the highest number of accumulated cases and together they represent around 45% of the country’s total.