Weekly Report - 19 August 2021 (WR-21-33)

MEXICO: Determined to reopen schools despite risks

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government officials are insisting that the country’s schools must reopen for in-person learning on 30 August. Last month López Obrador had already dismissed public concerns that the return to school would exacerbate the third major wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections that is currently ripping through the country [WR-21-30]. The unrelenting rise in infections and the growing evidence that this is once again putting pressure on the national public health system had raised the prospect that the government could reconsider. However, López Obrador remains unmoved, arguing that the risks are manageable even though local and international organisations warn that the conditions are not in place for the safe reopening of schools.

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