The rise in infections of coronavirus that lives Mexico, derived from the ómicron variant, will not have effects on the Mexican economy, assured this Friday the Secretary of the Interior, Adam Augusto Lopez.
“We believe that despite the increase in cases of the pandemic, the economic activity will be maintained and that there will be no economic slowdown,” López said at the daily press conference from the National Palace.
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In line with the official discourse, the Minister of the Interior said that with this variant “now the constant is that there is very little percentage increase in terms of the number of hospitalized patients and fortunately mortality is reduced.”
“We hope that these analysts or pseudo-analysts are wrong,” he said, referring to those who have predicted an economic impact from this variant, which is hitting the whole world.
However, he acknowledged that there is a “growth” in the number of cases, and the “majority” are due to this variant: “We cannot hide this.”
He assured that there is a whole “program” of the federal government to mitigate the impact of this new wave of covid. For example, facilitating work incapacity to avoid the saturation of centers that carry out tests.
In addition, he said that the business sector is “collaborating” and being “participant in this effort.”
“We maintain that, although the cases have increased, economic growth is maintained, economic activity is maintained and no company has closed, no source of employment,” the minister remarked.
Mexico adds 4.25 million infections and 300,912 deaths, being the fifth country in the world for absolute numbers of deaths from covid.
In recent weeks there has been a huge spike in daily infections, with a historical record this January 12 of more than 44,000 new cases.
The Mexican economy fell 8.2% in 2020 and expects to grow around 6% in 2021, a figure that will be released in the coming weeks.
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