LETHALITY: The average lethality rate of coronavirus in Mexico’s poorest municipalities is 17%, with some localities like Ajalpan in the central state of Puebla (pop. 65,000) recording 34.8%. Mexico’s national lethality rate of 10.7% is already one of the highest in the world.
NUMBERS: As of late Wednesday, Mexico has officially reported 647,507 coronavirus cases and 69,095 deaths. Mexico City accounts for a 16% share of total confirmed cases. The neighboring state of State of Mexico follows in second place with a 11% share of cases.
HOSPITALS: “There are difficulties in the access to hospital systems, which put at risk the most vulnerable people, like those with low income, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions”, said Julio Frenk, former Mexican Health Minister and current president of the University of Miami.
MUNICIPALITIES: Experts have pointed out that the low number of coronavirus tests conducted in Mexico impacts lethality rates. Among the poorest municipalities, Ocosingo in the southern state of Chiapas has a lethality rate of 23.6% while Coyuca de Catalán in the Pacific state of Guerrero has 16.5%