With 21,366 new infections, Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Mexico City: Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago.

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The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths.

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It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so far been confirmed in a visiting British citizen.

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Low testing

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The country has now seen almost 1.61 million total infections and has seen registered over 139,000 deaths so far in the pandemic.

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The country’s extremely low testing rate means that is an undercount, and official estimates suggest the real death toll is closer to 195,000.

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So little testing is done that 8% of all those who got a test later died during recent weeks” normally, only people with severe symptoms are tested.

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