Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health, Hugo Lopez Gatell announced the U.S. donation on Friday evening after his nightly news conference. During the conference, he also revealed the daily number of cases and fatalities.
According to Lopez Gatell, the money from the CDC is destined to help Mexico in dealing with the pandemic. The funds will also help Mexico carry out seroprevalence research and assist the migrant population along the border.
The most recent statistics released by Lopez Gatell point to 469,497 confirmed cases nationwide, 51,311 fatalities, and 89,155 cases still undergoing testing to either confirm or disprove infections.
The most current statistics place Mexico as the nation with the third-most fatalities — just behind the U.S. and Brazil. Mexico is currently number six in the top 10 nations with the most cases of COVID-19.
Despite the alarming figures, the true scope of the pandemic actually could be much higher. Lopez Gatell and his staff received harsh criticism for not doing enough tests in comparison to other nations. Mexico, which has an approximate population of 129 million, has only conducted 1,071,706 tests since the pandemic began. That figure places Mexico at 150 in terms of tests per 1 million in population as compared to the rest of the world.
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