Mexico focuses on vaccine drive as pandemic lets up

By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla

Mexico City, May 11 (EFE).- The Covid-19 pandemic has shown signs of easing in Mexico, one of the worst-hit countries in the world, allowing the government to focus on its drive to procure and administer vaccines.

The head of the Mexican government’s Covid-19 response, Hugo López-Gatell, said during a press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that the country had registered “four continuous months of a reduction in the epidemic.”

Mexico has reported 219,089 Covid-19 deaths and almost 2.37 million infections since the pandemic began but the daily increases have sunk to their lowest in a year. Health authorities on Monday detected 104 deaths and just 704 infections in the last 24 hours.

India, grappling with a devastating fourth wave of Covid-19, recently dislodged Mexico from its grisly position of the world’s third-most infected country, a spot it had held since last summer.

India is now the second-worst hit country in the world in terms of infections, behind the United States and ahead of Brazil.

Experts warn, however, that Mexico’s figures could be underreported, and that the real number of deaths may be higher than 300,000.

The current easing of the pandemic is nonetheless palpable. López-Gatell said there had been a 84% reduction in Covid-19 hospital admissions compared to the first week of January.

While other Latin American capitals face curfews to curb the spread of the virus, Mexico City, which was moved from a red threat level to yellow, has increased the number of people allowed in restaurants, shops and cinemas and is mulling the possibility of opening sports venues.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign minister, said Mexico was 12th in the world in terms of vaccines acquired and administered.

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