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Mexico passes Covid milestone amid uncertainty

This week Bloomberg released a “Covid Resilience Ranking” of the world’s 53 largest economies, evaluating their success at containing the coronavirus with the least amount of social and economic disruption.

Where does Mexico rank? In 53rd place.

Bloomberg scores the major economies on ten metrics, from infection levels and fatalities to people’s mobility and access to frontrunner vaccines. Economic growth, effective health-care and testing efficiency are also taken into account.

How come Mexico fared so badly?

This country last week passed one million confirmed cases (11th in the world) and 100,000 deaths (fourth in the world). The milestone was marked with renewed criticism of the federal government’s somewhat passive response to Covid-19 compared to other countries that have taken far more vigorous measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Under-detection and under-reporting mean Mexico’s stats are likely just the tip of the iceberg. The 40-percent positivity rate suggests that only the sickest patients who seek out medical attention are getting tested for Covid-19. Federal health authorities here continue to insist that mass testing is pointless and a waste of money, even though the experience of other nations, such as Taiwan and South Korea, indicates otherwise.

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