MEXICO CITY — Mexico reported a record daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases Friday, with 12,081 more infections reported.
The Health Department said the situation constituted an “alert,” and said that nationwide, infections had risen by over 8% last week.
Most of the newly-reported infections occurred in previous weeks, but tests results were reported Friday. The rise was greatest in Mexico City, where detected infections rose by over 34% last week.
City authorities have increased testing in the capital, including the use of antigen tests, and said that the larger number of tests may account for the rise.
In most parts of Mexico, only people with serious symptoms are tested, leading to an undercount of infections.