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López Obrador sees ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ despite risk of outbreaks from COVID-19

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said this Saturday that “the light is already seen at the end of the tunnel” of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that the country’s health authorities warned this week of the risk of outbreaks .

“We are coming out of both the health crisis and the economic crisis. It is already warned that we are going to leave the tunnel we entered, the light is already visible at the exit of the tunnel,” he said during the general assembly of the Mexican Insurance Institute Social (IMSS).

With more than 880,000 infections and 88,000, the president assured that “the worst” of the health crisis is over because “the saturation of hospitals was avoided,” unlike what happened, he said, in Europe and New York.

In addition, seven months after the arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Mexico, he said that medical specialists have gained “experience” and already “better serve the sick.”

“There may be more cases, but we have fewer deaths. We are saving more lives,” stressed the president, who said that doctors are more prepared for outbreaks of infections.

“In Europe there is a regrowth, but no longer with the same effects in terms of deaths, so I am confident that we will move forward,” he added.

Last Tuesday, the Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell, in charge of the strategy against the coronavirus, turned on the alarm lights of possible outbreaks when warning that the pandemic has been slowing for 12 weeks, “but no longer with the same speed” as before.

Although the epidemiologist spoke of “early signs of regrowth”, López Obrador contradicted him, assuring then that “you cannot speak of a regrowth.”

Meanwhile, the health authorities declared the epidemiological red traffic light (maximum risk of infection) in Chihuahua, a stage that this border state with the United States had already passed.

In addition, the head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, warned that the capital is on “alert” due to an increase in the number of hospitalizations in the last 15 days, which is around 2,700.

This Saturday, the death by COVID-19 of Senator Joel Molina, of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (Morena), was the first legislator of the Mexican lower house to die from coronavirus.

“I affectionately embrace the family and friends of Professor Joel Molina, Senator of the Republic, who died in Tlaxcala, his homeland. We will always remember him for his selfless dedication in favor of the transformation of Mexico,” López Obrador said on Twitter.

This 77-year-old senator had congratulated on Friday through social networks the newly elected president of Morena, Mario Delgado, who is in quarantine for also testing positive for COVID-19.