I think it's logical to, if not flat out "deny Mexico's cold hard numbers," to at the very least be skeptical of them and question. I'm not personally trusting Mexico's, and many other countries, self-reported numbers to be accurate. Reports are suggesting that Iran, Indonesia, and India are undereporting their numbers. Many countries are understesting their populations. Other countries realize that testing is the key to isolating the infected and slowing the spread. But in the short term, testing means the numbers go up. "Leaders" like Trump are more concerned about that than keeping people healthy. Compared to other professions, politicans are not considered to be all that trustworthy. I'm less likely to take their cold hard numbers based solely on their word that they're true, but I'm a skeptic when it comes to politicians.https://www.vox.com/2020/3/26/21194153/ ... ases-world
I think Mexico is pulling a Trump. If you test fewer people, you can keep the number of confirmed cases artifically lower than the actual number of people who, if given a test, would test positive. The old 'head in the sand' approach to a problem, or to quote him directly, "I like the numbers being where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship" A minute after saying that a reporter asked Trump about disbanding the White House pandemic response team in 2018. His answer: “I just think this is something that you can never really think is going to happen.” That's not leadership or being concerned with the safety and health of your citizens.
Trump tried the head in the sand approach, firing off nasty tweets, and blustering his way through it, but a global pandemic which is a scientific crisis doesn't repsond to bluster in the same way he's used bluster to get through his other, political, crisises. Since the US is now #1 in number of cases, the reality of the situation has obviously caught up with and surpassed the bluster. Note too that at the time of this chart (only 6 days ago) the number of US cases was only around 14,000 where at this hour it's now over 6.5x that at around 93,000.
Hopefully Mexico, for whatever reason, is spared from what their neighbors to the North and countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are going through. I see President Obrador is taking a page out of the Trump book, telling people not to worry, that everything is under control, not to succumb to "fear and psychosis," but he's also writing checks he can't cash. He claims there are sufficient medical personnel and supplies in Mexico to handle the situation if it were to get worse. Unfortunately, he's lying about personnel and supplies. I'll take the numbers of independent worldwide health organizations and other organizations over the supposed cold hard numbers offered by self-serving politicians any day.
According to the video in the NY Times linked story bleow: "according to a recent O.E.C.D. report, Mexico has fewer nurses and fewer intensive care beds per capita than Italy, South Korea, and the US. A count of ventilators in state facilities revealed only about 2,050 machines in the entire country." A flight attendent, freely walking around D.F. without a mask said "We are on a petri dish most of the time, so I might already be exposed - more likely on the plane than probably here." If true, she's spreading whatever she may have contracted on her flights all around - coronavirus will spread through Mexico. A hospital administrator is wondering how they are going to prepare saying "we know the explosion of cases is going to be in the next weeks." People interviewed are saying their president is doing nothing and that it is going to keep spreading and increasing.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/worl ... exico.html
I don't know what scientific reason people are using to justify their belief that Mexico doesn't and will continue not to have a coronavirus situation. I haven't come across any reporting from reputable and non-political sources that suggest Mexico is taking the right steps and isn't subject to the coronavirus like the entire rest of the world's population. I'm open to reading such reporting if anyone can supply a link. Mexico and it's health system are clearly not prepared with sufficient personnel and supplies to deal with the problem when it comes; if it hasn't already and is just being ignored and not reported by the government.
Time will tell if Obrador is right, or like much of the rest of the world that falsely claimed to have it under control and that the number of cases in their country would soon drop to zero, and who ignored and refused to prepare even though knowing the scope of the problem in Italy, Spain, and the rest of Europe. Obrador's bluster will likely catch up with him in the coming weeks (if not sooner) and his country will find itself in the same position the US is in now. Probably worse considering the worldwide demand for ventialtors, masks, and other medical supplies which other countries are buying up now. I hope I'm wrong, but recent history and the evidence suggests I'm not.
Just saw that UK PM Boris Johnson has tested positive. He ignored the situation when he could've taken preventive actions as well and it hasn't done England, or him personally, any good.
Better the future news stories about this be that our leaders overreacted than many people needlessly lost their lives because our leaders didn’t do enough - though it's already too late for that in many countries.