Mexico confirmed 6,740 new coronavirus or COVID-19 infections taking the total number of cases in the nation to 245,251, more than Italy, and the ninth-highest tally globally, as per to a Reuters counts.

The health ministry of Mexico also confirmed 654 more deaths, taking the total to 29,843 deaths, just a few behind France, which is currently has the fifth-highest toll of death.

COVID-19 in Mexico

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Workers make face masks at the workshop of a company in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 28, 2020. To help fight the outbreak of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus, workers of local medical material companies in Hubei Province rushed back to work to make protective masks, clothing and other protective equipment to guarantee the supplies. (Xinhua/Cai YangIANS) Xinhua/IANS

Friday's new cases were just one less than the record number reported on Thursday in Mexico. More than two months after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico had tamed the pandemic, the country has in recent weeks been posting some of the highest daily death tolls worldwide alongside Brazil and the United States.

The health ministry has said examinations of recent fatalities in Mexico could bump up the numbers further, especially as the country tries to revive its battered economy. "As we're in an active epidemic, the risk is that as we try to reopen social activities ... we may have more infections and the transmission could be maintained or increase," Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told a news conference. Mexico's government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

(With agency inputs)