Mexico City's COVID-19 'excess mortality' reaches 214 deaths a day
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City recorded 2,664 more deaths than usual earlier this month as authorities struggled to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has weighed on hospitals and forced the city into a semi-lockdown.
The "excess mortality" of the densely populated capital from December 1 to 12 - deaths above the typical number of previous years - averaged 214 per day, according to a government report on Saturday. This compared to 141 deaths per day in November.
The rate peaked in May when Mexico City, which has a population of around 9 million, recorded 320 deaths per day.
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With hospital stays on the rise, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met with the Mayor of Mexico City to discuss increasing the number of hospital beds, equipment and healthcare workers, the president said on Twitter on Saturday evening.
COVID-19 vaccinations for medical workers will continue on Sunday, he said. Mexico's first batch of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines arrived last week, complemented by a second shipment of 42,900 doses on Saturday.
The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 4,974 confirmed coronavirus infections and 189 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the total to 1,377,217 cases and 122,026 deaths.
The government said the actual number of those infected was likely significantly higher than the reported cases.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Diego Ore; Editing by Aurora Ellis and William Mallard)
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