Mexico Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Ricardo Leon Luna, 74, decreases his mask as Medical professionals Delia Caudillo, right, and Monserrat Castaneda, prepare to take throat and nasal swabs as they carry out a COVID-19 test in his home in the Venustiano Carranza borough of Mexico City, on Thursday.

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Ricardo Leon Luna, 74, reduces his mask as Doctors Delia Caudillo, right, and Monserrat Castaneda, prepare to take throat and nasal swabs as they conduct a COVID-19 test in his home in the Venustiano Carranza borough of Mexico City, on Thursday.

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Mexicos president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been slammed for at first downplaying the pandemic and for his governments typically sluggish and irregular action to the crisis.

” The epidemic is dreadful in itself, you dont have to include drama to it,” he said, recommending that some media outlets were focusing on COVID-19 to offer newspapers or spark “political conflict,” according to The Associated Press.

Amongst other things, hes been accused of withdrawing public health constraints too quickly, allowing the illness to get a firmer grip. Obrador has also informed the media that his individual “protective guard” versus the infection included amulets and prayer.

On Thursday, Mexicos lead official for COVID-19 reaction, Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, criticized the medias protection of the pandemic as “alarmist.”.

The most current news comes just 2 days after the country of 126 million passed one million coronavirus infections, giving it the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world, at 9.8%, according to Johns Hopkins University. Mexico ranks 6th in per capita deaths, simply above Italy and the U.S., and in September it reported the greatest number of COVID-19 deaths among health care employees.

Mexicos director of epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, made the statement late Thursday. He said there have actually been 100,104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Mexico considering that the very first case was spotted there in February.

Mexico has actually become the fourth country to cross the 100,000 threshold for verified COVID-19 deaths, signing up with the U.S., Brazil and India.