Mexico reports another single-day record for coronavirus deaths


FILE PHOTO: An employee of the municipality of Iztapalapa gives sanitizing gel to a woman arriving to the San Nicolas Tolentino cemetery, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Mexico City, Mexico May 9, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday registered a record for coronavirus deaths on a single day, posting 479 more deaths along with 2,960 new infections, according to data from the health ministry.

Authorities have now reported 62,527 total cases of the coronavirus and 6,989 deaths since detecting the first cases in Mexico in late February.

The previous peak in fatalities was May 20, when authorities reported 424 deaths.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Abraham Gonzalez; Editing by Leslie Adler

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