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Through September 2021, deaths up 50% in Mexico during pandemic

New federal data show a fuller picture of the shocking human cost of the pandemic in neighboring Mexico.

From January 2020 through September of last year, roughly 1.94 million Mexicans died. That is 50% more than would likely have passed away in the absence of the pandemic, according to a new report from INEGI, the federal statistics and geography institute.

Not all of those roughly 650,000 excess deaths were the direct result of COVID, but other datafrom the Health Ministry show the vast majority likely were. At 56.5%, men had a substantially higher excess mortality than women — at 42.9 %.

The official confirmed COVID death tollto date is nearly 320,000 people.

In neighboring Sonora, there were roughly 14,000 excess deaths, for an excess mortality of 43%, slightly below the national figure.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.