In September 2020, there were 2,918 deaths in Mexico City, more than in the same month of previous years. An additional 98 deaths were reported each day from the effect of the COVID pandemic, although these deaths include not only those of coronavirus but also those caused by other causes that could be related to the saturation of medical services or the fear of people going to hospitals.
Although there are still an excess of deaths, the 2,918 deaths are no less than last month’s, August, when 3,216 were recorded, giving a daily average of 103.7. This represents a decrease from one month to another of 5.8%, according to the most recent report of excess mortality submitted by the CDMX government.
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The greatest excess mortality in the country’s capital came in May, when 9,894 more deaths were recorded than expected, compared to previous years. In May, 319.16 more people died each day. After that month, the deaths have been descending.
In September, 1,846 death certificates associated with COVID-19 were recognized before the Mexican City Civil Registry, including both confirmational deaths and suspected coronavirus.
In the case of CDMX residents this represents a decrease of 66% from the peak observed in May.
In that month, the Government of Mexico City, in coordination with the federal government, joined the Scientific Technical Commission for the analysis of MORTALITY by SARS-COV-2, with the aim of estimating the effect of the pandemic on mortality in the capital of the country.
This commission – composed of Yanick Nerid Caro Vera and Arturo Galindo Fraga of the National Institution of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán and Christopher Edward Ormsby Jenkins of the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases Ismael Cosio Villegas – developed a methodology for estimating.
The Commission conducted a first cut-off analysis as of June 30, 2020, in which it found an excess mortality of 17,826 deaths for residents of Mexico City. This excess began to be noticed from April 18, peaked between the beginning and mid-May and began to decline from that date.
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After this six-monthly analysis, the commission transferred the methodology developed to the Government of Mexico City to continue the estimates.
Between May and August, as reported by the capital administration, a 68% reduction in the daily average of excess deaths for residents of Mexico City was observed.
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