MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico amassed a record number of new coronavirus-confirmed infections on Saturday, recording more than 9,000 cases a day for the first time and hitting the previous peak for the second consecutive day, official data showed.
Mexico’s ministry of health reported 9,556 new coronavirus cases, breaking the record 8,458 on Friday. The ministry also recorded 784 more deaths, bringing the total toll in the country to 434,193 cases and 47,472 deaths.
The new record in cases came the day after Mexico overtook Britain as the country with the third highest number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mexico has struggled to contain the virus and has tried to restart the economy since the end of May, which contracted by over 17% on a quarterly basis between April and June.
The government says the real number of infected people is likely to be considerably higher than in confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Paul Simao and Daniel Wallis)