Mexico cases up, warns of ‘prolonged pandemic’

Men carry flowers as family members arrive to decorate the grave of a man who died of suspected COVID-19, in a section of the Municipal Cemetery of Valle de Chalco opened three months ago to accommodate the surge in deaths amid the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Mexico on Thursday jumped above 50,000 recorded deaths from COVID-19, the third-highest death toll in the world, behind only the United States and Brazil. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MEXICO CITY (AP)  — Mexico has posted 6,717 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, increasing the country’s accumulated total to 469,407.

Officials also said Friday that the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths rose by 794 to a total of 51,311.

Hopes for a significant decline in cases have been frustrated by continued high infection rates. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said Friday that “this is going to be a prolonged pandemic.”

Mexico was stung Thursday when the United States imposed a Level 4 “do not travel” warning for Mexico, citing COVID-19 rates and disruptions to normal services.

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