Mexico in ‘bad shape’ with coronavirus epidemic, WHO chief warns

The head of the World Health Organization said that “Mexico is in a bad state” with the epidemic and urged its leaders to get serious about coronovirus and set an example for their citizens.

The remarks by WHO Director General Tedros Adnom Ghebayes came on Monday as the death toll in Mexico rose to 105,940 – the fourth highest in the world – with 1,113,543 cases of new coronovirus confirmed. The actual number of countries is believed to be very high due to low test levels.

“The number of rising cases and deaths in Mexico is very worrying,” he said in a press briefing.

The director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adnom Ghebeyasus, posed during a press conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in early March. (Via Salvatore de Nulli / Keystone File AP)

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Mexican President Andrés López Obredor has often been criticized for not wearing masks and not mentioning names or specific matters, with the WHO chief urging the country’s leaders to take the epidemic seriously.

“We want to ask Mexico to be very serious,” he said. “We have said in general, wearing masks is important, hygiene is important and physical disturbances are important and we expect leaders to serve as examples.”

Mexican government signs on the epidemic, Hugo López-Gatel, said all comments are valuable but note that the government had already warned that, with the arrival of winter, the situation would worsen. According to its latest figures, the epidemic has risen 7% in the last one week.

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