Mexico hit new virus record of over 500 deaths per day

Mexico's health department has reported 501 deaths from the coronavirus — a new one-day high and the first time the country's figure exceeded 500

The number of new cases also set a daily high, with 3,455 additional infections confirmed.

Mexico’s daily death toll is now approaching that of the United States, at around 620, though Brazil leads in daily deaths with over 800.

Mexico, with over 125 million people, has conducted about 230,000 tests to date, one of the lowest testing rates in the Western Hemisphere.

Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said he believed the rate of increases in new cases in Mexico City, the worst-hit area of the country, would start to decline sometime next week.