Adelfo Regino Montes, general director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI), reported that to date 1,494 indigenous people have died of COVID and 10,419 have tested positive.
In a meeting with the media at the National Palace, after the inauguration of the tribute offering for the victims of the coronavirus led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the head of the INPI pointed out that the three states most affected by this pandemic in indigenous communities are Yucatán, Oaxaca, and San Luis Potosí.
“The data we have on unfortunate deaths is 1,494, it is the number of data we have; and the number of people who have tested positive is 10,419,” said the official. “The states with the highest degree of affectation, indigenous states are Yucatán, followed by Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, the State of Mexico, Mexico City and so on.”
Regino Montes stressed that the tribute in the framework of the Day of the Dead that President López Obrador made this Saturday and where representatives of 20 indigenous peoples were invited to raise altars that are made in their communities, is an unprecedented event.