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Health ordered to open data on deaths between 2019 and 2020

The Ministry of Health of Mexico must deliver the data contained in the Epidemiological and Statistical Subsystem of Deaths (SEED) for 2019 and 2020, determined this Sunday the transparency body of Mexico.

In addition, you must deliver a public version in which, in addition to the data already provided in the initial response, include data on the year, month, status, capture, date of information and update and type of sheet, said the National Institute of Transparency, Access Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI).

Through a statement, the INAI reported that a citizen requested the Ministry of Health for the public version of the SEED database and all the records from February 1 to July 1, 2020.

In his response, Salud de México told him that, “although it has information in the terms that were requested, there is no information for 2019 and 2020.”

Given the response, the citizen presented an appeal for review to the INAI by means of which he pointed out that the obligated subject “did not provide the requested information and did not determine the non-existence of the information for the years 2019 and 2020”.

In presenting the matter, the INAI commissioner, Francisco Javier Acuña, pointed out that the issue of deaths takes on special relevance in the context of the health emergency in Mexico, especially because the official figures have been questioned.

“The official figures that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been due to infections and deaths have been very controversial, very questionable (…), and it must be clarified because these data will be known sooner or later, hopefully sooner rather than later, “he said.

In addition, the commissioner considered “absolutely important that we are all aware of what the mechanics have been. The official explanation regarding deaths, and naturally within the 2019-2020 period.”

He said that these data “are essential to compare that from one year to another in these months there has been a very important, probable and considerable increase in deaths, some of which could be key to understanding and dispelling the myths that have been created. on the official figures and statistics on the subject of COVID “.

He explained that the appropriate thing is to revoke the response of the Ministry of Health “because it is imperfect, because it did not satisfy, because it has fringes that allow improving that response in terms of information that must be in the hands of the person who requested it and for the benefit of the public credibility of a country “.

The Mexican health authorities reported on Saturday a total of 91,753 deaths and 924,962 cases confirmed by COVID-19 after eight months of the pandemic in the country.

The Mexican government has defended its strategy against the disease, but opposition politicians, organizations and specialists have criticized it and have pointed out an under-registration of infections and deaths.