May 11, 2020 / 12:57 AM / 18 days ago

Mexico sees 3,500 new coronavirus cases in projected peak weekend

A health worker wearing protective suit transports a woman suspected of being infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Hospital General de Mexico, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico May 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s health ministry confirmed 1,562 new cases of coronavirus infection on Sunday, along with 112 additional deaths, as government models projected that infections could peak this weekend.

Since Saturday, 3,500 new infections were logged, according to the official tally.

Reported coronavirus cases in the country total 35,022, with 3,465 deaths attributed to the highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. But the true number for both figures is almost certainly significantly higher due to the low level of testing nationwide.

Reporting by Diego Ore; Editing by David Alire Garcia; editing by Diane Craft

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