Mexico’s covid-19 czar Hugo López-Gatell. Photo: presidencia.gob.mx

By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

While World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday, Nov. 30, that “Mexico is in bad shape” with the covid-19 pandemic, and called for immediate government action to curb the surging cases, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his team seem to have missed the memo.

“The number of increasing cases and deaths in Mexico is very worrisome,” the WHO head told a press briefing in Geneva, urging Mexico to take the coronavirus “very seriously.”

But while the WHO head specifically stressed the importance of mask-wearing, hygiene and physical distancing, calling on Mexico’s political leaders “to be examples” for their citizens, that very same day, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health Hugo-López-Gatell, the country’s covid-19 czar, scoffed at the warning.

“The World Health Organization’s warning for Mexico to take the pandemic seriously was not directed to the federal government,” López-Gatell quipped in response, shrugging off the fact that Ghebreyesus has clearly directed his message to the nation’s leaders.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 1, Mexico had registered a total of 1,113,543 cases, with 105,940 deaths, but public health experts said the actual figure is likely to be significantly higher due to low testing numbers.

Meanwhile, AMLO continues to refuse to wear a mask, setting a dangerous example for his followers.

…Dec. 2, 2020

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