HRW evidences flaws in strategy against Covid in Mexico

Most of the people who have died from Covid-19 in Mexico “They never received intensive care” and the rise in the rates of positive cases is due to the fact that the recommendation of the massive application of tests was not taken into account, the human rights defender organization warned this Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW), when criticizing the national strategy against coronavirus.

The organization reproached the strategy implemented by the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador and their lack of interest in the recommendations that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued on the management of the pandemic. As an example, he cited that the massive application of tests to detect the virus.

In its 2021 World Report on Human Rights, HRW stated that in the country the number of infections and deaths due to Covid-19 It is higher than that which has been officially reported by the health authorities.

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“The official who leads the response of Mexico has called the massive tests ‘useless’ and ‘a waste of time’. As a result it has one of the lowest test rates of Covid-19, and the highest rates of positive test results globally, ”he explained.

HRW detailed that people living in poor or indigenous areas of Mexico are 50% more likely to die from Covid-19 than the rest of the population.

The report indicates that International Amnesty has identified Mexico as the country with the highest number of health worker deaths globally.

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The ONG He warned that some workers in the health sector were fired after protesting the lack of protective equipment in public hospitals in the country.

He also criticized that so far more than 2,200 cases and 198 deaths have been confirmed by the Covid-19 in prisons, “notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary.”

HRW He said measures taken by the federal government and the states, including the suspension of family visits to prisons, left many people without access to basic hygiene supplies, such as soap.

The institution said that in some parts of the country, criminal cartels had to provide food assistance to residents in distress and threatened to violently enforce the lockdowns.

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In relation to education during the pandemic of the Covid-19, asserted that the government of Mexico implemented a program without considering that, although 94% of households have television, the lack of internet access left many children, especially those with low incomes and those with disabilities, unable to receive classes.

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