Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, is one of the government figures that stand out in the fights the epidemic of COVID-19 in Mexico. This is because he has served as an official spokesperson for everything related to the disease that plagues the world.
However, there are both sides of the coin. There are those who support the official and there are those who have questioned the decisions, as well as the presentation of the figures on the coronavirus. One of these is Enrique Quintana, newspaper columnist The financial.
In his column this Monday, entitled "The failed projections of Dr. López-Gatell", questioned his work from the beginning of the epidemic in Mexico. First it began with the National Day of Healthy Distance, a government measure to contain the disease.
Without detailing what voices, He stated that there were people who asked for measures to restrict mobility from the first days of March. However, he stressed that "the authority rejected them because they considered them premature."
Too recalled that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promoted that people continue to go out to eat with the family. And, although the Conference began on March 23, the Presidency formally announced the suspension of the president's tours until April 15.
"It is no longer even under discussion that confirmed case numbers which are reported every afternoon are underestimated. There is consensus that this is the case. Now a new category has been invented, that of carriers, to refer to positive but asymptomatic cases ”, he stated.
He assured that the government cannot draw conclusions regarding the probable behavior of the pandemic. This is because, according to him, the "Figures that are not very robust, like the official ones, due to the lack of evidence".
The editorial general director of The financial indicated that the peak of the epidemic is not yet clear. His reasoning was that there have been different official versions about the arrival of this one, like the one announced by López Obrador, who pointed out that it would be on May 6.
He explained that "There is a relaxation in the confinement measures associated with the perception that we are already getting out of the most complicated". He attributed this to the fact that the registration of car mobility in Mexico City indicated for May 22 the highest level since March "and the trend is markedly upward."
Quintana He assured that Mexico is the third country with the highest number of deaths per day. However, he explained that it is "mysterious" that "in new cases per day, we are in the number eight place."
"A messy conclusion of confinement –A probable scenario– can lead to the number of new cases per day in Mexico shooting up again and then there is no other option than to prolong the confinement for at least another month, perhaps until July or August, or to accept a shot at the deaths in the course of the next few months, ”the columnist concluded.
Despite these and other similar indications, the World Health Organization (WHO) applied to López-Gatell to be part of a group of health advisers. On the invitation, the epidemiologist clarified that this is a distinction for the country.
"I would gladly accept the assignment, that between their occupations will have the analysis of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the best experiences in each country and the lessons learned, ”the official wrote on his official Twitter account.
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