Mexico joins the United States and Brazil, worst hit by the coronavirus. All 3 have presidents who have rejected masks.



Mexico’s coronavirus death toll surpassed that of the UK to become the country with the third highest number of virus deaths, further underscoring Latin America’s status as a viral hotspot as many countries show no indication that an end to the pandemic is nowhere in sight.


Mexico reported 688 new deaths for a total of 46,688, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker on Friday, just enough to push the country past the UK’s total death toll, which was 46,204 on Friday. .

Mexico now has fewer reported coronavirus deaths than the United States and Brazil, although its total number of cases still ranks sixth, behind countries like India, Russia and Africa from South.

Despite the increase in the number of recently reported cases and deaths, experts say the numbers are still undercounted.

Exceeding the UK death toll has renewed pressure on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has come under fire for downplaying the pandemic and has obtained comparisons with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump, who run the other two most affected countries. .

He told reporters on Friday that he would only wear a mask when corruption in Mexico was no longer a problem – “then I’ll put on a mask and stop talking,” he said.


Like his counterparts Bolsonaro and Trump, Lopez Obrador has refused to wear a mask in public, resisted social distancing measures and criticized media coverage of escalation cases in Mexico. “The face mask has been politicized here in the same way it has been in the US and UK, among other countries,” Mexico sociologist Rodolfo Soriano-Núñez said. The Guardian. The decision to wear a mask in public is seen by some in Mexico as a way to make a political statement, a phenomenon similar to what has been seen in the United States and Brazil and which country presidents have been criticized for having encouraged as a way to appeal to their base. Much of Latin America is grappling with the brunt of the pandemic, as cases and deaths increase, and experts say the region’s economic inequalities and disparities in access to healthcare make many people who live there particularly vulnerable to the disease. Colombia surpassed 10,000 total deaths on Friday, with the country likely reaching 300,000 confirmed cases by the end of the weekend, Reuters reported. According to a report from the Andalusian Agency, Latin America accounts for 30% of confirmed coronavirus deaths worldwide, while it only represents 8% of the world’s population.

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