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by hromero ⌂ @, Friday, June 26, 2020, 12:27 (12 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I respect you and agree with you about many things Rob. Saying that Mexico's leaders have done what is best for Mexico with regards to Covid-19 is not one of them. Our president has since the beginning fed into the misinformation about this disease. The government has not invested in measures that would make it easier for the poor of this country to socially distance (i.e. adequate food assistance, income supplementation, contact tracing, medical investment, etc.) Instead the president seems to have taken an approach similar Trump's, which is to say that if we just don't test then the numbers of infected will look better and we can spin a story of how we are doing fine. Dr. Hugo Lopez Gatell has been saying since early April that the "next two weeks" will be the peak of infection for Mexico for more than two months running. The joke in some circles is that he will probably be saying that to the day he retires.

So instead of being in a position like New Zealand where we can begin to contemplate reopening safely, we are stuck in a situation where we are forced to open despite the dangers. It will be the poor who will suffer the most because the rich have retreated to their gated communities to draw off of their vast wealth, the poor are forced to choose between hunger and their health with little to no assistance from the government. I find it difficult to see how Mexico's government has done the best for its people.

I love this place and its people and I am committed to being a part of this country in many ways and that is what drives me to be critical of its response to this tragedy.

Un abrazo cálido.

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Humberto Romero
www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com


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