The confirmed coronavirus death toll in Mexico – a country among those most affected by the pandemic – is primed to hit 70,000 when official data is released on Friday.

Excess mortality data from mid-March through early August indicates that the total number of deaths beyond the official count is likely tens of thousands higher.

The spread of the virus has ravaged an already ailing economy, which is now seen contracting by up to 13 percent this year, the deepest recession since the 1930s-era Great Depression.

Aljazeera

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