March 29 coronavirus news

By James Griffiths, Joshua Berlinger, Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Christopher Johnson, CNN

Updated 7:50 p.m. ET, March 30, 2021
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3:34 a.m. ET, March 29, 2021

Mexico reveals Covid-19 death toll nearly 60% higher than officially reported

From CNN's Karol Suarez in Mexico City

Aerial view of graves at a special area designated for Covid-19 victims, at the Municipal Pantheon of Valle de Chalco in Mexico, on March 26.
Aerial view of graves at a special area designated for Covid-19 victims, at the Municipal Pantheon of Valle de Chalco in Mexico, on March 26. Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico's government has revealed the country's Covid-19 death toll is over 321,000 – 60% more than the 201,429 total deaths officially reported as of Saturday.

According to a new government report, from the start of the pandemic through February 14, 2021, there were 294,287 deaths from Covid-19.

Since then, there have been 27,223 additional deaths, according to a CNN analysis of health ministry data, bringing the total to over 321,000.

If the data in this report is correct, Mexico's death toll would be higher than Brazil's and would place the country as second worst hit in the world, following the United States.

 

 

3:32 a.m. ET, March 29, 2021

Covid-19 variants aren’t the only reason for a spike in US cases, expert says 

From CNN’s Naomi Thomas

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday that while Covid-19 variants are playing a part in recent spikes in the number of cases, they’re not the only reason. 

“The variants are playing a part, but it is not completely the variants,” Fauci said. “What we’re likely seeing is because of things like Spring Break and pulling back on the mitigation methods that you’ve seen now several states have done that, I believe it’s premature.” 

Fauci added there is a risk that as numbers come down from a peak and reach a point where new case figures start to plateau, if "you stay at that plateau, you’re really in danger of a surge coming up, and unfortunately that’s what we’re starting to see.”  

Fauci said that the US “got stuck” at around 50,000 new cases per day and then went up to 60,000, something which he said is “really a risk.” It has been seen in the US and also in several European countries, he said. 

“That’s why we say it really is almost a race between getting people vaccinated and having this peak that we may want to see and we don’t want to see that,” he added. “And again, it isn’t just the variants. Variants we take seriously and are concerned, but it is not only the variants that are doing that.”

3:32 a.m. ET, March 29, 2021

30 million people across the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

From CNN's Sarah Dean

A Carlisle man receives the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine at the Penrith Auction Mart Vaccination Centre on March 25 in Penrith, England.
A Carlisle man receives the AstraZeneca/Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine at the Penrith Auction Mart Vaccination Centre on March 25 in Penrith, England. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

More than 30 million people across the United Kingdom have received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as the NHS prepares to administer millions of second doses in the coming weeks, according to the UK Department of Health. 

Here's a look at who's received vaccinations in the UK so far:

  • More than 33 million jabs administered overall
  • Over 95% of people aged 60 and over have been vaccinated with first dose in England

Everyone over 50, or those who are clinically vulnerable are urged to come forward for vaccines as soon as possible, the department says.