FILE PHOTO: A woman with a face mask walks among other people in the Sonora market as the gradual reopening of commercial activities begins while the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues on July 31, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico recorded a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, registering more than 9,000 cases per day for the first time and exceeding the previous high for the second time in a row, according to official data.
The Mexican Ministry of Health reported 9,556 new cases of coronavirus, exceeding the 8,458 record set on Friday. The ministry also recorded 784 other deaths, bringing the total to 434,193 and 47,472 deaths in the country.
The new record in cases came a day after Mexico overtook Britain as the country with the third highest number of deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mexico has struggled to contain the virus and has been trying to get the economy going again since late May, which shrank more than 17% from April to June from the previous quarter.
The government says the actual number of people infected is likely to be significantly higher than the number of confirmed cases.
Reporting by Dave Graham; Edited by Paul Simao and Daniel Wallis
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