Mexico dies 25,000 dead; finance minister gets virus

  Mexico dies 25,000 dead;  finance minister gets virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico passed 25,000 reported coronavirus deaths and 200,000 confirmed cases on Thursday, as Finance Minister said he tested positive and isolated himself while working from home.

The health department reported 6,104 newly confirmed infections, one of the highest 24-hour numbers to date. That brought the number of confirmed cases from the country to 202,951. The number of deaths increased by 736, bringing the total to 25,060 since the start of the pandemic. Only Brazil and the United States have a higher death toll in America.

Finance Minister Arturo Herrera said he had only minor symptoms and planned to isolate himself while continuing to work from home. It was unclear how recently he was in close contact with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who refuses to use a face mask and has resumed public tours of Mexico.

Herrera is the highest cabinet member of the country infected to date. Earlier, the head of the Mexican Institute of Social Security tested positive, but later returned to work. Several state governors have also recognized that testing is positive.

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