1,600 children die in Mexico every day due to the virus, the UN says, with over 100 more reported in the country, in the deadliest outbreak in its history.
The United Nations estimates that 1,601 children died due to coronavirus in the Americas on January 8.
The number of children who died has climbed by over 100 percent since January 7.
“This week, we have witnessed the tragic reality of a world in which so many children and their families are facing unprecedented suffering,” UNICEF Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
“It is unacceptable to see so many more children and families suffer.”
The U.N. estimates that more than 100,000 children and adolescents in Mexico are currently at risk for death due to this year’s coronaviruses.
Children and teens across Mexico are now facing a range of life-threatening complications from COVID-19, including high fevers, pneumonia, dehydration and other infections.
“The United States is our biggest partner,” U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Laura D’Andrea Tyson said at the news conference.
“We will do everything we can to help Mexico.
Mexico is our country and our best friend.
We will not back down.”