Mexico reports more than 1,500 COVID-19 deaths, highest daily total

FILE PHOTO: A health worker receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Hospital Infantil, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico marked a grim milestone with 1,584 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, the country’s highest daily total to date as it struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The health ministry’s official tally counts 142,832 total fatalities due to the highly-contagious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, the fourth-highest death toll globally, behind only the United States, Brazil and India.

The health ministry also confirmed 18,894 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,668,396.

Last October, the ministry modified its counting methodology and the following day reported some 2,700 deaths, but the figure did not reflect a single day’s count.

The real number of infections and deaths in Latin America’s second-biggest economy is likely significantly higher than the official count, reflecting a lack of widespread testing.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Abraham Gonzalez; Editing by Tom Hogue and Himani Sarkar