A laboratory worker wipes her face shield after taking a sample from a customer at the Certus Lab's COVID-19 drive-thru test centre at the parking lot of the Caliente multipurpose complex in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on July 21, 2020 amid th Photograph:( AFP )
A daily technical report recorded a total of 40,400 deaths from the virus
Mexico on Tuesday passed 40,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus pandemic as the country, which has the fourth-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, struggles to contain the disease.
A daily technical report recorded a total of 40,400 deaths from the virus, after adding 915 more fatalities in the last 24 hours. The first case in Mexico was detected on February 28.
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This week President Manuel Lopez Obrador vowed to improve health standards in the nation to help its combat the virus threat.
He pledged to protect those vulnerable to COVID-19, including tackling "diseases caused by hunger and poverty," launching "a permanent campaign" to promote healthier eating and lifestyles, and treating hypertension, diabetes and obesity as a priority.
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"We want to remember those who died from the COVID-19 pandemic, and send a loving, fraternal hug to their relatives, to their friends," Lopez Obrador said in a video released on social media.
Mexico, with 127 million inhabitants, has the second-highest death toll in Latin America after Brazil, which has 80,000 deaths.