Mexico has lost 50 000 more people to covid-19 than the 88 924 counted in official figures, the director of the National Centre for Preventive Programs and Disease Control, Ruy López Ridaura, told a press conference this week, relating the conclusion of a health ministry study into excess deaths. Behind him, a graph that plotted all-cause mortality in 2020 against the 2015-18 average showed a huge spike beginning in April. Weekly deaths reached double the expected level in mid-July, then fell again, to hover at about 30% above expected deaths on 26 September, the end of the studied period.1

 

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Citation: Dyer OwenCovid-19: Mexico acknowledges 50 000 more deaths than official figures show