- Puebla Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa says coronavirus only affects the rich.
- The theory is false and based on assumptions.
- Mexicans want all people entering the country to get tested.
The Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has demonstrated astounding benightedness, especially when it comes to enacting policies aimed at tackling the coronavirus epidemic that is fast ravaging the country. Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa, who heads the state of Puebla, is the latest leader to publicly pronounce what can only be tagged as reckless disinformation.
During a recent live broadcast on social media, he said that the rich are the most susceptible and the poor don’t have to worry about catching Covid-19. “The majority are wealthy people, you know. If you’re rich you’re at risk, but if you’re poor, no, well us poor, we are immune,” he said.
His statement alludes to a recent wave of infections connected to a group of wealthy Mexicans who had visited the popular Vail, Colorado ski resort in the US. A significant number of them came home with the virus. The State of Jalisco was able to trace 400 members of the group that had chartered two planes for the trip.
There is currently no documented link between economic status and susceptibility to the virus. Barbosa is a member of the president’s MORENA political party. His dismissive attitude towards the epidemic almost mirrors that of President Lopez Obrador, who is averse to social distancing. Just a few days ago, he called upon the Mexican people to take their families out in order to support the economy.
On Thursday, he told reporters that the worst will be over by April 19. The nation’s Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell Ramírez, however, struck a cautionary tone. He warned the public that the number of new infections could rise exponentially in coming weeks, forcing the government to take even more stringent measures.
Fortunately, Barbosa’s statement contradicts the non-discriminatory safeguards imposed by his state to limit the spread of the virus. On March 23, state authorities shut down zoos, schools, and cinemas. The local administration also launched a hygiene campaign aimed at sensitizing the general public. There are presently close to 500 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Forty-four have been confirmed in Puebla.
Protesters Block Roads
Mexicans are getting increasingly apprehensive about the administration’s failure to enact solid measures restricting movement. On Wednesday, protesters blocked lanes on the Mexican side of the southern border with the United States. There are fears that the influx of Americans coming into Mexico will cause an increase in infection cases, especially in border towns.
Many countries around the world have shut down borders and banned flights to limit the spread of the virus. Mexico has refrained from doing this. The groups request that all people arriving from America get tested. Seventy-five percent of all coronavirus cases in Mexico have been imported from the United States.