Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador. Photo: presidencia.gob.mx

XINHUA

Just as the nation passed the 100,000 covid death milestone, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Friday, Nov. 20, assured his followers that his administration has the coronavirus pandemic “well in hand.”

“We have managed to control the spread of the novel coronavirus at the most difficult moment,” he said during his daily morning press conference, when asked for a reaction to the fact that the country had  official joined the only other three nations on Earth with the dubious benchmark of 100,000-plus covid deaths.

“What has been done has, we believe, produced results.”

Mexico is also one of the few countries in the world to report more than a million confirmed cases of the disease, although since testing is rare, most specialists say that the real numbers are probably twice as high.

Lopez Obrador explained that unlike many other nations, Mexico has managed to compensate for the lack of hospital infrastructure and a shortage of medical personnel to care for those infected with covid-19, thus, he claimed, no Mexican with covid has been denied appropriate medical care, even though numerous physicians and nurses have disagreed with his assessment.

“What has not been taken into account is the fact that we inherited a totally destroyed health system and that, in a very short time, we created a health infrastructure to care for the sick, nor that the right measures were taken when people were called on to take care of themselves in their homes,” he said.

For this reason, the Mexican president ruled out any plans for modification of his administration’s health policy in the future.

While some Mexican states and municipalities have implemented mandatory lockdowns and mask-wearing, the president has mocked such “obligatory” practices and has consistently refused to wear a mask, saying that a healthy diet (no junk food) and his good luck charms of a four-leaf clover and a $2 bill will protect him from the virus.

As of Nov. 19, Mexico had registered more than a million cases of covid-19 and 100,104 deaths since the first case was discovered at the end of February.

…Nov. 23, 2020

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