MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico's coronavirus death toll surpassed 53,000 on Monday as the Ministry of Health reported 705 additional deaths and 5,558 new cases of infection, bringing the country closer to the government's worst-case scenario.
Mexico, which has the third highest number of deaths from the virus in the world after the US and Brazil, has now reported 485,836 cases and 53,003 deaths, with the death toll increasing by nearly 5,000 in the past week.
On June 4, Mexico's deputy coronavirus tsar, deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said that reaching the 60,000 toll was a "very catastrophic scenario". At the time, Mexico had registered just over 12,500 deaths from the pandemic.
The government has sought to offset the need to contain the pandemic by reopening the troubled Mexican economy, which contracted more than 17% in the second quarter.
Mexico City's Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said earlier Monday that she would be temporarily quarantined after the capital's interior minister tested positive for the virus.
"I'll stay home for the next few days until I can take the test again," she wrote on her Twitter account. "I'm in perfect shape and take care of everything remotely."
The Mexican government has indicated that the actual number of people infected is likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Dave Graham and Stefanie Eschenbacher; editing by Sandra Maler)