The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, assured this Friday that the country “has been able to avoid an overflow” in its health system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is “according to what was projected.”
“The pandemic is being addressed. The most important thing of all is that despite the suffering of loss of human life, we have been able to avoid an overflow. We can rule that out,” said the president in his daily conference from the National Palace.
The president stressed that “one of the things that has been done with great responsibility is to have sufficient hospital beds,” despite the fact that Mexico City is already approaching saturation.
This Thursday, the head of the capital’s government, Claudia Sheinbaum, assured that 80% of the general hospital beds were already occupied in Mexico City, so work began to expand capacity.
The mayor of the capital, the main focus of the pandemic, with 16,758 confirmed cases and 1,754 deaths, explained that there is a little more relief in intensive care beds, occupied at 65%.
“These days, especially here in Mexico City, unfortunately many people have lost their lives. We regret it. Always my condolences to family members, but we are doing everything that corresponds. Nothing to do with the countries that unfortunately have been very affected “, granted López Obrador.
According to data from the Federal Executive, throughout the country there is a 61% availability in general beds and 66% in intensive care beds.
The pandemic has so far left 59,567 infected and 6,510 dead in Mexico, numbers that have advanced at a record pace all week despite authorities saying that the curve had been flattened.
The president highlighted the good work of professionals, since “the strategy of Mexican doctors and Mexican scientists to flatten the curve worked.”
“If the measures of healthy distance had not been taken and the people had not helped us as they have been helping us, then the pandemic would have completely overflowed and we would have no way of caring for the sick and saving lives,” he stressed.
López Obrador took advantage of his intervention to attack the coverage of the contingency that the press is making, which he accused of “lack of professionalism” for comparing Mexico with other countries with a smaller population.
“Those who do not see us with good eyes, the media, I am not going to mention them anymore, they are always comparing and the notes are very alarmist,” he said.