Mexico’s bishops have expressed alarm over the scope of the Covid-19 crisis, which they say is continuing to expand across the country even as health authorities allow the gradual resumption of economic activity.
The bishops also called for a more robust government response to the pandemic – both on the health and economic fronts – saying health officials have a “moral obligation” to “provide certainty to people when they find themselves confused,” and that millions of families whose wage-earners were thrown out of work are facing the prospect of falling into poverty.
“It’s necessary that the civil authorities make all possible efforts to provide solid and transparent information, along with the number of deaths (the pandemic) causes. Hence, it would be opportune that testing be widespread, constant and expeditious,” the statement continued, referring to Mexico’s low rate of Covid-19 testing, among the lowest in the hemisphere.
Journalists’ investigations have indicated deaths from Covid-19 are being undercounted.
The bishops’ statement comes as Mexico confronts questions over its Covid-19 strategy and an economic crisis, which has cost it an estimated 12 million jobs. The pandemic is expected to push the poverty rate to 60 per cent of the population, according to the bishops’ statement.
Picture: A crematorium employee works on a box containing the ashes of man at San Isidro crematory in Mexico City on 29th June 2020. The man died from Covid-19. (CNS photo/Edgard Garrido, Reuters).