A report published by Mexico’s health ministry showed that by mid-February there had been just over 294,000 deaths “associated with COVID-19”.
That’s an increase of nearly 60 per cent from the originally published number.
That figure has since risen by almost 27,000 more deaths through March, bringing the total to more than 321,000.
The new report was published on Saturday with little fanfare.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has faced significant criticism for his handling of the pandemic, the BBC reported.
Those figures put Mexico second after the US, but the population of Mexico is 126 million – far smaller than either the US or Brazil, which previously ranked second-most: the US boasts a population of over 328 million and Brazil has 211 million.
These developments show just how deadly Mexico’s second wave in January was.
The Opposition has accused Mr Obrador of…