/ Modified jul 29, 2021 4:24 p.m.

COVID-19 top cause of death in Sonora in 2020

Virus was the cause of more than 6,000 deaths in the state

Coronavirus Illustration This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

New data out Thursday shows that COVID-19 was the top cause of death in neighboring Sonora, Mexico last year.

Sonora is one of nine Mexican states where the coronavirus killed more people than any other cause of death in 2020, according to new federal data.

The virus was the cause of more than 6,000 of the nearly 29,000 deaths in Sonora, which had the fourth highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in Mexico’s 32 states.

Heart disease was the state’s second most common killer.

Nationwide, the coronavirus was the second most common cause of death. Nearly 340,000 more people died in 2020 than the previous year.

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