Mexico recorded its highest single-day increase in coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday.
The Mexican Ministry of Health registered a record 1,092 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, more than double the previous single-day record. The nation’s official death toll now stands at 11,729.
Mexico’s deputy health minister, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, attributed the sharp rise in deaths to delays in processing tests, claiming that many of the newly confirmed deaths had actually occurred days or even weeks ago.
The daily number of new infections also hit an all-time high of just under 4,000. Mexico, the second-largest economy in Latin America, now has more than 101,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19.