Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced on Monday that he “was confident” that the country will see a drop in the rate of novel coronavirus infections soon and will unveil a plan this week for resuming economic activity following the lockdown.
The government’s strategy for flattening the curve of infections has been effective, López Obrador said during his daily press conference.
“According to the projections, we expect a decrease (in the infection rate) to begin soon,” he said.
“That is why we are now going to present a plan to reopen (the economy), but little-by-little.”
In case of a resurgence in infections, the government will “backtrack,” AMLO said.
This week was considered “the toughest” in terms of viral transmission, since Mexico detected its first case of infection on Feb. 28, he said.
AMLO also said that the government has in the past three months hired nearly 25,000 healthcare workers for the public health sector to help deal with the increase in patients.
As of Sunday, May 10, Mexico had reported 35,022 confirmed cases of the virus, with 3,465 deaths, but by most international accounts the number of cases is sorely underreported.