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Reopening ‘Traffic Light’ / Businesspeople Must be Accountable

By Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 05/07/2020 - 12:24

“Traffic light” to decide reopening. President López Obrador said there is a proposal to establish a COVID-19 reactivation “traffic light” to decide the reopening process for each site. “Yesterday, we met and talked about implementing a kind of traffic light, which was suggested by (Foreign Minister) Marcelo Ebrard. Green signals there is no contagion, yellow where there are few cases and red where there are problems,” he said. The president confirmed the reactivation could start on May 17, but only in some municipalities. He said on Monday he will meet again with officials and experts to detail where and when to reopen, and that the government will appoint one representative per state to manage the contingency plan.

Businesspeople must be accountable. After the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) presented 68 ideas to face the health crisis, President López Obrador said he respects businesspeople, but that no group can impose policies on the state. He said businesspeople and their partners must be held accountable for any bankruptcies during the contingency. “No more insolvency for banks and wealthy bankers. No more social losses and private profits,” he said. The president explained that he is not against businesspeople. “Whoever invests and generates jobs deserves respect and protection, but not those who call themselves entrepreneurs and are only influence peddlers,” he said.

US$4 billion monthly funds are secured. President López Obrador said the plan to distribute US$4 billion per month to support the popular economy is going ahead as the Finance Minister (SHCP) has guaranteed the necessary funds. “It’s near MX$100 billion. Yesterday I met with the Finance Minister and received guarantees that the resources needed for the plan would be available, and especially for these months,” he said.

Report on ventilators is next. IMSS head Zoé Robledo said he will respond to the request from the Ministry of the Public Function (SFP) to explain the purchase of ventilators from a company owned by the son of CFE head Manuel Bartlett. Robledo said a full report is being prepared detailing conditions for the purchase, price, manufacturers, delivery time and warranties.

Denies increase in domestic violence. President López Obrador denied there has been an increase in violence against women during the contingency and said that the family fraternity is one of the strengths of Mexican culture. “We are constantly working to protect women. I have a clear conscience,” he said regarding reports on increasing violence against women.

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