MEXICO – The record numbers of infections and deaths reported by the Mexican government on Saturday, with more than 65,856 infected people and more than 7,000 deaths, contrast with the optimism expressed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Despite acknowledging that these are the “most difficult” and “most painful” days, López Obrador boasted the effect of his government’s containment policies in a video he posted hours earlier on social media.
“I want to express my optimism to them, I have to speak to them with the truth and tell them that even in this circumstance I am optimistic, as far as it is possible because it is a very delicate, very serious matter,” said the president from the Moorish Hall of the National Palace.
CAMPAIGN COMPLAINT AGAINST IT
The president denied that there is a hospital overload by accusing his “adversaries” of mounting a campaign against his government that is reflected in national and international media.
“(They say) that the hospitals are saturated, that the cremation ovens are full, things of that type that generate fear, fear, anguish,” denounced López Obrador.
A technical committee will evaluate the causes of the considered “suspicious deaths”
The president defended the performance of his government, pointing out that the country with the most deaths per capita is Belgium, with almost 15 times more deaths in proportion than Mexico.
He also cited that Spain has 11 times more, while England and France have about 10 times more.
“It is not as this alarmist, yellowing press says, Mexico has known how to face the pandemic and we are better than other countries, where unfortunately it has hit them a lot,” he said.
The president also denied the international notes that have reported that, in areas such as Mexico City, the actual number of deaths from COVID-19 would be up to three times higher than the official one.
“There is no black number, I do not want to talk about cases because they can say that cases are hidden, but we are not going to be able to hide, nor would we ever do so out of conviction, in principle, honesty, to hide deaths,” he said.