Mexico’s Health Ministry reported 4,857 new Covid-19 cases and 554 new virus-related deaths on Thursday.
That brings the total number of cases confirmed in the country to 652,364, including at least 69,649 fatalities.
The latest figures come as Mexico’s government responded to the pausing of the AstraZeneca vaccine trial.
What happened: The company put global trials of its coronavirus vaccine on hold this week over an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers. Mexico was a participant in the phase 3 trials of that vaccine candidate and is still offering volunteers for other vaccine trials.
The reaction: Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said in a statement Thursday that Mexicans can be “assured” of a vaccine against the coronavirus in future. “We are not betting — as we say — all the eggs in one basket,” he said, adding that Mexico is involved in several vaccine projects.
Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest coronavirus death toll after the United States, Brazil, and India, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is ranked seventh by JHU, in terms of the highest Covid-19 case numbers in the world.