The British newspaper The Guardian described the health emergency due to Covid-19 in Mexico as “a tragedy caused by the arrogance of the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the negligence of your government to contain the spread of the virus. “
In a report published this Saturday by the newspaper, it points out the more than 200 thousand deaths and the 2.2 million cases officially confirmed by coronavirus, for which he mentions that the federal president “does not take seriously the pandemic and confuses the population about the measures to avoid contagion. “
“Many believe that the president’s arrogant approach hampered Mexico’s ability to control its epidemic by confusing citizens, with dire consequences for families,” the publication said.
The British media exemplifies that the Mexican president, like other leaders such as Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, avoids following the recommendations to avoid the spread of the virus such as the use of face masks or physical distancing.
“López Obrador has downplayed the virus, has continued to tour his country, has embraced his followers and has resisted containment measures,” he added.
The Guardian He also criticizes the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, as he recalls that the person in charge of promoting sanitary measures to prevent infections was captured on a beach in Oaxaca during the December holidays, “despite urging citizens to stay home. “
In that sense, the report highlights the remarks of the former Mexican undersecretary of health, Eduardo González-Pier, who said that the country, along with Brazil and the United States, before the arrival of Joe Biden, “will be the first countries to come. to mind for mismanagement of pandemic of the Covid-19 “.
“Bolsonaro, Trump and López Obrador had a similar attitude: denial, late response, minimization of severity, and also the idea of not suspending activities,” Eduardo González-Pier commented to the British media.
The former official stressed that, had he made a good response to the virus, Mexico would have avoided between 100 and 200 thousand deaths from Covid-19.
According to the Johns Hopkins University count, the United States has 554 thousand deaths, Brazil 382 thousand and Mexico 200 thousand, although this week the Ministry of Health recognized 94 thousand additional deaths due to the pandemic.