MEXICO CITY — A Mexico City official says the capital had 20,535 “excess deaths” attributable to COVID-19 between April and August. That is almost double the official death toll of 11,318 reported for the pandemic in Mexico City.
The head of the city’s Digital Innovation Agency says there were 30,462 “excess deaths” in the city between April 1 and the end of August, about two-thirds of which were determined to be due to coronavirus. David Merino wrote in his Twitter account that 92% of those deaths were in hospitals and 7% at private residences.
Like all of Mexico, the city of almost 9 million inhabitants has had an extremely low testing rate and officials acknowledge that the number of test-confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths probably undercounts the real figures.