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COVID-19 Threats Increase / AMLO Calls for Responsible Action

By Alessa Flores | Fri, 12/04/2020 - 11:48

Calls for Mexicans to act responsibly. In today's morning conference, President López Obrador released a document as a "respectful call" to Mexicans, and especially to the residents of Mexico City, to act responsibly during the holidays to avoid contagion because the COVID-19 pandemic is still active. "The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc and, until we have the vaccine, the best thing, the most effective thing, is to take care of ourselves," said López Obrador.

The President presented 10 proposals: 

  1. If we have nothing truly important to do, let's not go out into the streets.
  2. If we do go out into the streets, let's always keep a healthy distance.
  3. Let's communicate by phone or video calls with our family and friends.
  4. Let's be alone with those who live in the same house.
  5. Do not have parties or meetings with family or friends.
  6. If you have symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever, body pain or headache, call immediately for medical attention at 5658-11-11 in Mexico City and 911 in the rest of the country.
  7. If you have symptoms try to get tested. Kiosks are being set up for that purpose in Mexico City and in some states around the country.
  8. Quickly go to the nearest clinic, health center or hospital to be treated, do not wait, especially if you suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes or obesity.
  9. Let's leave Christmas presents for another time. Remember: give affection, don't buy it.
  10.  We are going to expand, especially here in Mexico City, the number of beds, equipment, nurses and doctors, so that no one lacks specialized and quality medical care, but the most important thing is that we do not get sick. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Expansion of medical infrastructure: Mexico has reserved more beds and there are beds available in the country. However, López Obrador noted that infections have been rising and given Mexican traditions, December is a risk in terms of controlling the pandemic. "We cannot be confident and think that the pandemic will no longer affect us, and continue life as before, have the same practices as before," he said. López Obrador explained that the move is a preventive measure and does not mean that hospitals will be saturated. Today, Mexico has a 69 percent overall hospitalization rate and is looking to reduce saturation.

INE seeks to curb the over-representation of political parties. The law already establishes the functioning of the Congress, and it cannot be modified, explained López Obrador regarding the intention of INE (National Electoral Institute) to prevent a political party from having a majority in Congress. If INE does not agree with the current situation in the Congress, it must wait for the next elections. Likewise, López Obrador explained that the "golden rule of democracy is that the people decide," so if the people decide that there cannot be a majority in Congress, it would be the right thing to do.

Businesspeople ready for deal on outsourcing. López Obrador acknowledged that Mexican businessmen have shown a favorable attitude to reach an agreement on outsourcing. "The dialogue is not broken, we are looking for agreements, seeking a consensus and will continue with the meetings," said Lopez Obrador.

Rules out energy problems with Biden. Mexico is not going to have problems with US President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on energy issues, President López Obrador said. “There will not be any kind of problem going forward; the meeting of oil-producing countries has just been held, Mexico was respected in its goal to maintain the production quota that was proposed. There is a very good relationship with all the OPEC countries and non-OPEC,” he noted. López Obrador said that by 2023, Mexico will stop buying gasoline and diesel when it achieves self-sufficiency after rescuing PEMEX’s refining system. “The same is true of the national electricity industry that is consolidating. It is being rescued.”

 

SPANISH VERSION: https://www.gob.mx/presidencia/articulos/version-estenografica-conferencia-de-prensa-del-presidente-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-del-4-de-diciembre-de-2020?idiom=es

Alessa Flores Alessa Flores Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst