Mexico overtook the United States in daily reported deaths from coronavirus for the first time on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
The health ministry registered a record 1,092 fatalities yesterday, and attributed the increase to improvements in documenting the pandemic.
Latin American has emerged in recent weeks as a major center for coronavirus. Brazil, where the virus has hit hardest in the region, also reported a record number of deaths on Wednesday.
The Mexican government had previously predicted the pandemic would peak in early May and under US pressure has begun reopening its vast auto industry, which underpins billions of dollars of business through cross-border supply chains.
However, plans to further relax social distancing measures this week were put on hold in recognition of the fact that infections had not yet begun coming down.
Wednesday saw a record 3,912 new infections, with the number of daily deaths more than twice the previous record of 501.
The total number of known cases in Latin America’s second-largest economy is now 101,238 and its tally of deaths is 11,729. Its death toll is seventh highest in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University.