Mexico City suffered 20,535 ‘excess deaths’ attributable to COVID-19 between April and August – almost double the number reported in the official death toll of 11,318 – according to an official.
Excess deaths are computed by comparing the number of deaths in previous years and comparing them to 2020.
Merino wrote in his Twitter account that 92 per cent of those deaths were in hospitals and 7 per cent at private residences.
“These are figures that describe a tragedy,” Merino wrote.
Merino did specify how the city had assigned that number of excess deaths to COVID-19, but city officials have been leading an effort to review death certificates to determine how many untested people had probably died of coronavirus.
It was also unclear whether test-confirmed cases were included in the excess-death figures.