The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico exceeded 40,000 on Tuesday, according to the Mexican Secretariat of Health.

More than 915 new deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours and 6,859 new cases detected. The first case of Covid-19 contamination in Mexico was detected on February 28.

4th most bereaved country in the world

With its population of 127 million, Mexico becomes the second Latin American country after Brazil (with 80,000 deaths) with the highest number of deaths. Globally, Mexico is in 4th place of all the countries in the world in number of deaths linked to the pandemic behind the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

The capital Mexico City is the epicenter of the virus. On Tuesday, it recorded 64,431 confirmed cases and more than 8,254 deaths since the start of the health crisis.

This week, President Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged to improve health measures in the country.

He pledged to protect vulnerable people, including tackling ‘diseases caused by hunger and poverty’, launching a campaign to promote healthier diets and lifestyles, and treating hypertension, diabetes and obesity as a priority.

Some 96 million Mexicans suffer from overweight or obesity, 9 million from diabetes and more than 15 million from hypertension, according to official figures from 2018, mainly due to poor diet.

These diseases increase the impact of Covid-19, which is shown by official data which indicates that 55% of people who died from Covid-19 in Mexico suffered from these diseases.