For the first time, Mexico records more COVID-19 deaths in a day than the U.S.

World 2020/6/5

For the first time, Mexico records more COVID-19 deaths in a day than the U.S.

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Cemetery workers in protective gear lower a coffin containing a COVID-19 victim in Mexico City. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press)

Mexican authorities sought to calm an anxious public after the nation´s coronavirus death toll grew by 1,092 on Wednesday — more than doubling the daily record and for the first time exceeding the single-day total in the United States.

“Let there not be psychosis, let there not be fear,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters Thursday. “This is not New York.”

He hastened to clarify that many of the deaths reported Wednesday had occurred days or even weeks ago but was only now being added to the total. U.S. officials reported 988 deaths Wednesday. Mexico´s previous record of 501 deaths came on May 26.

“I want to inform all the people of Mexico that this happened because there was an adjustment in deaths that had occurred previously,” said López Obrador, who was visiting the southern state of Chiapas. “It doesn’t mean that 1,000 people died in a day.”

Still, the one-day total raised new doubts in a count

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