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Mexico tops 100,000 dead as its pandemic worsens

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Workers from a funeral home enter the General Hospital of Zone 1-A Dr. Rodolfo Antonio de Mucha Macias Venados, located in Mexico City, in a hearse, they receive the body of a deceased by COVID-19 in a mortuary bag. The epidemiological traffic light in Mexico City remains orange on alert to return to red due to increased hospital occupancy due to COVID-19 in the capital. (Photo by Gerardo Vieyra/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Mexico has now registered more than 100,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, only the fourth country in the world to reach the chilling milestone. The country is preceded by the US, Brazil and India, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Durango, Mexico (CNN)Mexico has now registered more than 100,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, only the fourth country in the world to reach the chilling milestone.

Health officials spent most of October warning that the country was sliding backwards, registering spikes in case and death counts from the virus in many regions.

Because the government does not test widely across the population, the actual number of people who contract Covid-19 on a daily basis is likely far higher than the country's numbers reflect, a fact the Mexican government has acknowledged.

During the recent spike, the government has raised official alert levels in multiple states, a clear sign that authorities are concerned about a worsening pandemic.

"Parties continue, family and social gatherings kept going where people could easily congregate," Sergio González Romero, the health secretary in Durango, told CNN.

As a result of the spikes, both Chihuahua and Durango recently regressed back into a Red Alert level, an official government classification where restrictions on movement and the economy are tightest.

In all, there are multiple other states across Mexico that have upped their alert levels and imposed harsher restrictions in recent weeks.

In Mexico City, the worst affected area of the country, the city's mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, has repeatedly said she may be forced to put the city back on Red Alert.

Despite the recent spike across the country, the most recent data shows new cases are generally, if slowly, beginning to wane, national health officials say.

As a result, tighter restrictions, such as curfews currently in place in some areas around the country like Chihuahua, may soon be loosened.

The government continues to test at very low rates, routinely calling more testing "unnecessary. " Rather than invest in mass testing, officials told CNN they prefer to extrapolate the results of limited testing to estimate the extent of the virus's spread.

Mexico's mortality rate, the number of people who test positive for the virus and then die, stands close to 10 percent.

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