Mexico ranks last in the number of tests applied to identify COVID-19 among the 36 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
While Mexico applies 0.4 tests per thousand inhabitants, the OECD average is 22 per thousand.
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According to the OECD report, until Sunday 26 April 2020, the five countries that apply the most diagnostic tests per thousand inhabitants are Iceland (134.9), Luxembourg (64.6); Estonia (36.9); Lithuania (36.6) and Israel (30) per thousand inhabitants.
In contrast, the five member countries with the least applied evidence are Poland (7.4); Hungary (6.6); Greece (5.8); Japan (1.8) and Mexico (0.4).
The OECD urged countries to conduct further diagnostic tests as it requires analyzing more people, tracking suspicious cases and identifying their contacts.
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In a report, he warned that if confinement restrictions are lifted before a vaccine or effective treatment develops, without other measures to suppress new infections, the infection rate is expected to recover quickly.
«Once the number of people infected has been successfully reduced, the rapid suppression of new waves of viral infections will be key. Testing strategies are key to achieving this,» according to OECD Secretary General José Angel Gurría.
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The OECD also called for increased health capacity and resources and to thoroughly study the new coronavirus to understand details such as its incubation time, asymptomatic patients and immunity.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently warned that there is an urgent need for countries to accelerate and expand evidence for a more accurate understanding of the pandemic.
In Mexico, health authorities have ensured that there are more efficient models such as the widespread surveillance model.
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