As it did a few weeks ago, in recent hours the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), reiterated that in the country «already tamed» the pandemic for the new coronavirus, although health authorities reported 3,377 new cases, in the last 24 hours which raises the total to 81,400 contagions. Compared to yesterday, the daily death of people who contracted Covid-19 was 447, 4.33% than in the previous day, bringing the total death to 9,044 people, or 5.2% more than yesterday.» The pandemic has already been tamed, the risk of hospital saturation that would have meant more loss of life and much drama has already been removed. That has already been surpassed,» AMLO said as part of its traditional conferences held from the National Palace.
But, outside this statement, the truth is that Mexico is one of the countries most punished by this disease in Latin America: at the moment it is the second with the most deaths (behind Brazil), with 8,597 deaths, and the fourth with the most cases, with 78,023, (Brazil, Peru and Chile precede it) according to the last official report. For his part, the Undersecretary for Health Prevention and Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, commented that to date the day of greatest mortality from the disease in Mexico was May 15 with «just under 250» deaths. While both the president and health authorities have noted in recent days that the outbreak has stabilized in the country, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) published a study highlighting that the peak coronavirus contagion has not yet occurred and would occur between May 31 and July 13.
In fact, Lopez-Gatell himself admitted at a virtual appearance in the Senate yesterday that the death toll could rise to «about 25,000 or 30,000,» increasing the figure over previous forecasts. Despite these projections, López Obrador insisted that «there is only a short time to go out of the crisis, based on forecasts from doctors, specialists and scientists, while dismissing the claims for the absence of inputs. The representative explained that the country is heading for a «new normal» involving different behaviors and stated that «we certainly have to continue with the measures» of social estrangement.
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