Ricardo Monreal, leader of the senators of the ruling party Brunette, This Wednesday he questioned Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard about the growth of contagions from the COVID-19 epidemic that affects the country and that continues to show new peaks of confirmed cases in 24-hour periods.
"Why does this number of infections not subside and why does the number of deaths seem to be skyrocketing at times, instead of decreasing or flattening?Monreal asked, during a virtual meeting of the chancellor with the members of the Upper House Political Coordination Board (Jucopo).
"I think his work has particularly optical that we would like to know. The same from the point of view of COVID-19, how is it that you are seeing, for being close to the Health Council and the Federal Executive ”, added the also leader of Jucopo.
And it is that Mexico, although it managed to flatten the contagion curve at the national level, still on the acme plateau, that is, at the highest point of infection. Just this Tuesday, a new peak of positives was recorded: 2,713 in a 24-hour period.
Also, although it is not a stable number, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Mexico more than doubled in relation to the previous day's report this Monday and Tuesday, going from 155 to 334 deaths in 24 hours, representing a death every four minutes in that range.
Of the total number of confirmed patients, 11,767 of them are activeThat is, they showed symptoms in the last 14 days and can infect others. The Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico (ZMVM), which includes Mexico City and the State of Mexico, is the area with the most accumulated cases so far.
Also, Monreal questioned Ebrard on Wednesday about the details of the agreements in the purchase of artificial respirators. "Is the demand covered? Is the capacity of our public health institutions strengthened? Have the purchases been correct and due? ”He asked. He also asked how not to put citizens at risk for a possible outbreak when the opening of the automotive, construction, and mining industries returns to activities on June 1.
In your final comment, the Morenoite leader praised Ebrard and described him as "a good official, a good politician and a man of integrity".
The Mexican foreign minister answered some of Jucopo's questions, especially those focused on those that have to do with Foreign Relations, which is the portfolio headed by Ebrard. The government official of Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave details about the purchase of medical supplies.
"On the subject of inputs, direct efforts were made with various governments, especially with the United States in the case of fans that are complementary to those we have in Mexico ”, said. "And, on the other hand, there is also the phenomenon of excessive prices on inputs," he added.
Ebrard explained that "the whole market is tremendous today." "There is a mismatch, because there is an aggregate demand outside of all precedent. It had not happened that at the same time China, the United States and the European Union, were looking for what the three countries mainly produce, so it is a greater disturbance of access to these inputs, "he explained.
As of this date, we have received about 260 of those fans. In total there will be 1,000 when the purchase process is completed
The foreign minister defended Mexico's position of not closing its market even at the start of the pandemic. “The only thing that Mexico did, as always, is not to prevent anyone from acquiring Mexican supplies. Mexico has never closed its access to its market. We are the eighth largest exporter of medical products in the world, and quite rightly we did not, ”he said.
He also advanced that ehe López Obrador government is trying to participate in all those vaccine projects "where it is seen that there are greater possibilities" of success. "It is not defined by the Foreign Ministry, but by specialized areas," he said.
For example, the remdesivir that Senator Monreal mentioned, well, we were a very active part so that Mexico began to participate in that protocol, which we are already doing
In addition, he explained that also Mexican institutions like the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in addition to universities in the interior of the republic, national institutes and other institutions.
We are participating to have the Mexican protocol regarding vaccines, which is also being organized by the Ministry of Health. That is, it is not only about waiting and observing but about participating, which is different
By last, Ebrard referred to the "positive response" of the US government regarding the diplomatic note that Mexico sent to officially request all the information on the "fast and furious" operation, with which thousands of high-caliber weapons were introduced into national territory with the aim of being able to track and follow them between 2009 and 2011.
"What we are preparing now, not us, but the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic will do it within the scope of its jurisdiction, with various requirements of what it needs to be able, to his knowledge and understanding, to conclude the inquiries that he has open ”, he concluded.
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