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A woman visiting two family members who died of COVID-19 while a 10-year-old boy places crosses at the San Miguel Xico cemetery in Valle de Chalco, Mexico. Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images

Mexico's health ministry increased the country's total COVID-19 pandemic death toll by 4,272 to 227,840.

Driving the news: Jose Luis Alomia, the ministry's head of epidemiology, told reporters the revision was due to previously suspected cases being confirmed, per Reuters. "We will likely be seeing these adjustments not only in deaths but also in cases," Alomia warned.

  • He stressed that the deaths were "not part of the recent epidemic activity."

The big picture: Mexico has one of the world's highest coronavirus death rates.

  • A lack of testing availability means "many Mexicans have died at home or never got a test," AP notes. "So the government searches death certificates for mentions of symptoms related to COVID-19."
  • The ministry's announcement comes one day after Peru officials raised the country's COVID-19 death toll to 180,764 after a review, giving the country the worst pandemic death rate per capita.

Go deeper: True COVID-19 death toll is double the official numbers, study finds

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Hurricane Ida death toll rises to 26 in Louisiana

Homes destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 2 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The death toll from Hurricane Ida's wake rose by 11 in Louisiana on Wednesday after health officials reported additional fatalities in New Orleans.

Details: The newest figures from Orleans Parish coroner's office bring the state's tally to 26, according to the state's health department. The newly recorded deaths occurred between Aug. 30 and Monday.

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  2. Health: Care for kidney disease plummeted in the pandemic — Manufacturers warn rapid test shortages are coming — Study: Pandemic cut U.S. life expectancy by more than 9 million years.
  3. Politics: Brazil's health minister tests positive during UN summit in N.Y. — Massachusetts State Police union sues over governor's vaccine mandate — Biden to push vaccine-sharing at UN, but boosters at home.
  4. Education: Education Department investigating Texas mask mandate ban — D.C. schools to require teachers, staff to receive vaccine without testing option — More schools using "test-to-stay" strategy to minimize quarantines.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Dylann Roof asks appeals court to reconsider death sentence ruling

Dylann Roof appearing in court in July 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images

Dylann Roof, who was found guilty of murder for killing nine members of a Black church congregation in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, petitioned a full federal appeals court Wednesday to review his previously upheld death sentence.

The big picture: Roof's move comes after a three-judge panel rejected his first appeal in August. Asking the court to rehear his case is one of the few options he has to avoid the death sentence, along with petitioning the Supreme Court or seeking a presidential pardon.