MEXICO CITY, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Mexican health authorities reported on Wednesday that the death toll from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached 11,729, with 1,092 new fatalities registered in the last 24 hours.
Over the past 24 hours, Mexico also reported 3,912 new infections, bringing the total confirmed cases to 101,238.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said that Mexico is currently in the peak phase of the spread of the virus, and it was necessary to take appropriate precautions.
This week, the Latin America's second-largest economy entered the second stage of the "new normal," which consists of gradually reopening certain sectors considered "essential" to revive the country's economy, such as mining, construction and transportation.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which claimed the epicenter of the pandemic is now in America, called on governments to "think twice" before lifting social distancing measures, as reopening too early could cause the disease to rebound.
The international organization suggested that Mexico carry out tests for all suspected cases of COVID-19.
"Mexico is making that effort and we hope that in the next few days, it will have much more capacity to do so," said PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa.