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The head of the World Health Organization said Monday that Mexico is in a “bad state” of coronavirus infection and death rates, although the Mexican government has predicted that the epidemic is likely to continue to deteriorate until January.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Mexico, the fourth highest in the world, stands at about 106,000. The number of confirmed cases is more than 1.1 million, although public health experts say the actual number is probably significantly higher.

At a press briefing in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebrias said, “The increase in the number of cases and deaths in Mexico is extremely worrying.” “This shows that Mexico is in a very bad situation,” he said, referring to the weekly death toll in the week of October 12 from November 23 to November 23.

Of the 544 government hospitals in Mexico City that treated Quid-19 patients, at least seven are fully employed for coronavirus beds with respiratory problems, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) are instructed to take a swab sample from women for rapid antigen testing for cornovirus disease (Covid-19) outside the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on November 25, 2020. Photo: Henry Romero / Reuters

According to the OCHA, 14 more health centers are at risk of expanding, with Covid-19 bed occupations exceeding 0%. It noted that the Mexican Ministry of Health reported that 633% of all general hospital beds were occupied for Covid-19 patients in the capital.
“I think it’s a very serious problem and we want Mexico to be extremely serious when both the index, death and litigation increase,” Tedders said.

Speaking later in the evening at a press conference, Mexican Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatelite said he had “extreme respect” for Tedros and would not have to answer to him.

Separately, Lopez-Satellite said the epidemic is likely to continue to worsen in Mexico until January.

Since Mexico began lifting its strict lockdown sanctions in June, it is reluctant to re-elect the blanket system because the livelihoods many people face depend on being able to go out every day and do business.

But some states have imposed restrictions to control the epidemic in recent weeks.

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