Mexico exceeds 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

Diego Delgado
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Mexico has passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country - behind the United States, Brazil and India - to do so.

Jose Luis Alomia Zegarra, Mexico's director of epidemiology, said there were 100,104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths as of Thursday.

The milestone comes less than a week after Mexico said it had topped one million registered coronavirus cases, though officials agree the number is probably much higher because of low levels of testing.

Mexico's living are bearing the scars of the pandemic along with their lost friends and loved ones. Many surviving coronavirus victims say the psychosis caused by the pandemic is one of the most lasting effects.

Mexico resembles a divided country, where some people are so unconcerned they won't wear masks, while others are so scared they descend into abject terror at the first sign of shortness of breath.

With little testing being done and a general fear of hospitals, many in Mexico are left to home remedies and relatives' care.

The lack of testing - Mexico tests only people with severe symptoms and has performed only around 2.5 million tests in a country of 130 million - the lack of hospitals in many areas and the fear of the ones that do exist, has created a fertile breeding ground for ignorance, suspicion and fear.