Mexico could have nearly 56,000 coronavirus cases: health ministry

A woman stands on the street as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Thursday that the country might have as many as 55,951 people infected with the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, twice the estimated number reported last week.

Mexican health officials reported 450 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 37 new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 6,297 confirmed cases and 486 deaths.

Citing government models, Lopez-Gatell has said many who are infected likely did not have symptoms or were not diagnosed.

Reporting by Stefanie Eschenbacher and Diego Ore; Editing by Leslie Adler