The Latest: Mexico says its COVID-19 deaths surpass 35,000

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Mariachis, some wearing protective face masks, wait for clients in Plaza Garibaldi, where residents come to hire mariachis for events and parties, in Mexico City, Friday, July 17, 2020. With large gatherings cancelled and concerns over singing inside closed spaces, work has plummeted for the hundreds of Mariachis based in Plaza Garibaldi. Those lucky enough to get occasional work say they are playing for small celebrations at home, such as birthdays or proposals, as well as at wakes for the deceased. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has registered 736 more COVID-19 deaths and 7,257 more confirmed cases of coronavirus infections.

Mexico now has more than 35,000 deaths from the pandemic, the fourth highest total in the world. It also has recorded over 324,000 cases, somewhere around the seventh-highest level.

The Health Department said Friday that hospitals in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco are now at 85% capacity and there is crowding in hospitals in the northern border state of Nuevo Leon.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he is concerned about the situation in Tabasco, where he was born. He says a state hospital there will be expanded to handle more patients.

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