Jude Webber in Mexico City
Mexico has reported 1,044 more deaths from coronavirus Sunday, as fears grow about the seriousness of the crisis facing the country.
On Sunday, data from the Mexico total of 21,825 death and 180,545 confirmed cases, but because Mexico is one of the lowest levels of the test, the true figures are widely assumed to be much higher.
The low rate of screening may also have contributed to another alarming statistic, highlighted by the Harvard epidemiologist, and health economist, Eric Feigl-Ding, who tweeted: “Holy moly – I cry for MEXICO. More than 50% is the The POSITIVITY percentage!!!”
José Luis Alomia, director general of epidemiology, ministry of health, told a press conference that “the majority of this group of 1.044 [deaths] are new notifications, and … the vast majority of them … are dead that happened in the month of May, then there is a group happened in the first weeks of June, and really, in the last days, we have less and less in death.”
He noted, however, that the northern states of Sonora, Sinaloa and Coahuila and the Pacific, in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán have emerged as Covid-19 hot spots.
Despite the increase, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, insists the country has “tamed” the coronavirus. The ministry of health, said the event has increased until the end of May, but have stabilized at high levels and have not yet autumn.
The country began to reopen its economy at the beginning of June, in spite of the continuous increase in the number of cases and deaths, the application of a “traffic light” system to distinguish between the different risk areas.
Mexico City remains on red, meaning only essential businesses are supposed to be operating, but a growing number of street markets, shops and even in shops selling toys and gifts are in operation.