Weekly Report - 16 July 2020 (WR-20-28)

MEXICO: Becoming the focus of international concern

“Blind reopening not associated with a careful stepwise process based on data, based on open communication, may not lead to where anybody wishes to go in any country, Mexico included”. This was the conclusion of the director of health emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Michael Ryan, when asked about the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemiological situation in Mexico. Following the decision by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to start easing the restrictions introduced to contain the virus to reactivate the national economy, there has been a marked increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths in Mexico to the point that the country now has the seventh highest total number of infections and the fourth highest Covid-19 death toll in the world. Mexico’s strategy for combating Covid-19 is now in the spotlight and the López Obrador government is under domestic and international pressure to adjust it.

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