Study Shows a Quarter of the Mexican Population has been Exposed to COVID-19

Preliminary results of an official survey revealed on Wednesday morning that a quarter of Mexico’s population, or 31 million people, has been exposed to COVID-19, with 70 percent never showing symptoms.

Preliminary results of an official survey revealed on Wednesday morning that a quarter of Mexico’s population, or 31 million people, has been exposed to COVID-19, with 70 percent never showing symptoms.

“The figures show a great speed of spread. This is a very concerning situation that essentially highlights how serious the coronavirus pandemic has been in the country,” general director of the National Institute of Public Health, Juan Rivera, told local reporters during a press conference in Mexico City.

Riviera added that the survey, which used blood tests to detect antibodies, involved 9,400 households and was carried out between August and November. He also said that the findings of the survey revealed that only 20 percent had symptoms that pointed to a COVID-19 diagnosis while 10 percent had only some symptoms.

On Wednesday, Mexico’s Health Ministry reported 11,228 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and 801 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,267,202 cases and 115,099 deaths.


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