Mexico’s well being officers say it’s time to maintain your distance. Starting Monday, individuals might be urged to keep up protected distances from one another, and if attainable, work at home. Public colleges, which have been open by Friday, will stay closed till no less than April 20.
As of Saturday evening, Mexico’s Secretary of Well being reported 251 confirmed instances and two deaths from COVID-19. Some state and cities have already imposed stricter measures. Sunday, Mexico Metropolis’s mayor introduced that bars, theaters and museums could be closed, additionally starting Monday.
Native officers, political opponents and newspaper columnists have criticized President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for not taking more durable measures to cease the unfold of the coronavirus. A number of Central American international locations have closed their borders and stopped air site visitors from abroad. However Mexico remains to be permitting flights from the US and Europe. On Friday, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to permit solely “important site visitors” throughout their shared land border. Cross-border commerce will proceed and employees will be capable of get to their jobs.
The federal government launched a cartoon character Saturday named “Susana Distancia.” The costumed superhero stretches out her arms to indicate the space one ought to preserve from others. However till now, “social distancing” pointers have been merely options and President López Obrador has continued to hug, shake fingers and take selfies with supporters at authorities occasions. At a press convention final week, he appeared to make gentle of the coronavirus menace, digging non secular amulets out of his pocket that he known as “protecting shields.”
However in a nod to the rising criticism of his relaxed method, the occasions López Obrador held this weekend within the southern state of Oaxaca have been smaller.
His tone, nonetheless, was criticized for failing to convey urgency. “We’ve to proceed working regardless of the specter of coronavirus,” he mentioned as he oversaw progress of development of a brand new freeway in Oaxaca on Saturday. “I consider we’d be fallacious to panic, if we simply stopped and we did nothing,” he mentioned.
Sunday, López Obrador barely talked about the well being disaster as he spoke at one other freeway development challenge. As he has prior to now, the president emphasised the heavy burden mass closures would place on Mexico’s poor. However he assured the group Mexico might climate the disaster, pointing to its $10 billion money reserve. Though the Mexican peso has fallen sharply in current days, now buying and selling at 24 to the U.S. greenback, López Obrador urged his nation’s central financial institution to not use its reserves to shore up the forex.
López Obrador struck an optimistic be aware: “If we proceed working with honesty, austerity and effectivity, we will confront the disaster and transfer forward,” he mentioned.