Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, trusts that “the pandemic is going to pass,” despite the fact that his nation is experiencing an upturn in infections, accumulates almost 105,000 deaths and about 1,090,000 cases of coronavirus.
“This pandemic is going to pass, we are going to return to full normalityThat is the purpose, but since we are facing this pandemic we have carefully decided to continue touring the country, ”said the president on a visit to San Quintín, Baja California, in northwest Mexico.
López Obrador’s statements come a day after Mexico added more than 12,000 cases of COVID-19 in one day, the third time in the week that it exceeded 10,000 new infections.
These are the highest daily figures except for October 5, when the Ministry of Health recorded 28,115 new infections, although then it attributed it to a new methodology that includes lagged infections.
The Secretariat also warned of spikes in infections in eight of the 32 states of the country led by Mexico City, which presents a weekly increase of 34% in the number of estimated cases.
Even so, López Obrador defended the management of the pandemic in Mexico, which ranks fourth in deaths and eleventh in absolute infections from the new coronavirus.
“We are here to comment that we are moving forward facing this double crisis, the health crisis and economic crisis, and we are advancing in the transformation, with all the obstacles, with all the resistance, with the reactions against the conservatives, “he said.
The president, who has questioned the effectiveness of the mask and rejected mandatory policies to control the outbreak, regretted the measures he has to take during his tours.
“It is very strange and very annoying that we cannot approach each other, that we cannot shake hands, the one that we cannot hug, but we also have to keep a healthy distance and take care of ourselves, “he acknowledged.
The president has been on a tour of the six municipalities of Baja California since Friday, where he decreed the extension until 2024 of the tax benefits in the towns of the 3,000 kilometers of the border with the United States.
The López Obrador government decreed in January 2019 the reduction of VAT from 16% to 8% on the northern border and the income tax from 30% to 20%, in addition to doubling the minimum wage and lowering the price of gasoline to match it with that of United States.
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