Mexico Posts Largest Daily Increase in Covid-19 Deaths

(Bloomberg) -- Mexico reported the highest daily increase in Covid-19 deaths after breaking its own record last week with the government struggling to contain the current outbreak.

Deaths reached 1,314 on Tuesday, the single highest increase apart from Oct. 5, when health authorities adjusted their way of calculating fatalities from the novel coronavirus.

Mexico, which has the fourth-highest death toll from the virus, now counts 135,682 fatalities and 1,556,028 cases. The nation’s capital has seen a surge in hospitalizations, and Mexico City will remain on the highest Covid alert over the coming days, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said last week.

Authorities earlier said they expected to receive a first shipment from AstraZeneca on Tuesday in order to administer the company’s vaccines in March, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said earlier. The country also received a shipment of 439,000 Pfizer vaccines this morning, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer said.