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Mexico exceeds half a million cases of coronavirus


An organ grinder plays his instrument in downtown Mexico City, Thursday, August 13, 2020.

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Mexico surpassed half a million confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health reported 7,371 new cases detected, raising the accumulated number of the country’s pandemic to 505,751, and 627 more deaths, for a total of 55,293 deaths.

Experts agree that due to extremely low testing rates in the country, the numbers are undercounts and that the actual numbers could be two to three times higher. With just 1.15 million tests carried out to date in a country with some 130 million inhabitants, less than 1% of Mexicans have been tested.