Mexico City: According to data from John Hopkins University, Mexico reported the third highest coronavirus-related death rate in the world on Sunday, after the United States and Brazil, with 47,472 deaths.
Health officials warned that due to lack of testing and underreporting, the country’s 434,193 reported cases-making it sixth in the world-cannot accurately describe the status of the coronavirus.
According to reports, Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s Minister of Health, downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and chose a lighter strategy and less extensive testing. According to the BBC, ten governors asked him to resign on Friday.
Lopez-Gatell reportedly blamed complexities surrounding testing as justification for the lack of confirmed cases.
In response to the request of the Minister of Health, the think tank Mexican Against Corruption and Impunity (MACCIH) began investigating the relationship between the number of death certificates and the number of reported coronavirus deaths.
They found that between March 18 and May 12, the number of reported coronavirus deaths was three times less than the number of suspected coronavirus-related deaths in Mexico City alone.
The investigation found that in more than 3,000 records of deceased individuals, COVID-19 was listed as the “probable,” “possible” or “suspected” cause of death — meaning the number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths could be as many as three times the number of confirmed cases.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador) was also criticized for his initial lack of attitude towards the coronavirus pandemic.
The government slowed down the decentralization of test sites, preventing private companies and states from providing their own tests. A Reuters report in mid-June showed that thousands of new cases appeared in private medical centers, which the federal system did not report.
Obrador has joined the list of leaders who refuse to wear masks-including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and President Trump who have tested positive for COVID-19, despite the US President Begin to wear masks publicly and encourage the use of masks. In July.
“You know when I’m going to put on a mask? When there is no corruption. Then I’ll put on a mask and I’ll stop talking,” the Guardian said Obrador told reporters Friday.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has reached nearly 17.7 million, of which nearly 700,000 have died.
The United States has reported the most cases in the world, with 4.6 million people and 154,000 deaths. Brazil is the second largest case with 2.6 million cases and more than 92,000 deaths. However, the number of suspected coronavirus cases and deaths outside China is seriously underestimated and cannot be confirmed.