Friday, May 29, 2020

López-Gatell explains why the public force was not used to mitigate the coronavirus in Mexico

Without using law enforcement, there has been an impressive reduction in mobility, the undersecretary of health said. Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Health, explained this Wednesday that in Mexico it was decided not to use public force to combat the coronavirus epidemic due to the economic inequality that exists in the country. In Mexico, deliberately and consciously, “he said,” we considered that such an approach was not appropriate due to the contradiction that would arise in the police having to ask people who live the day to stay home when they cannot do so to survive.

“If we had used public force, what we would have done is to oppose the citizenry with the public forces, the forces of public order, which is absolutely inconvenient. And in a country, also devastated by violence for several years, this it is a very inconvenient formula to feed social conflict instead of reducing it, “he said. He added that from the beginning it was decided not to use the mechanisms used in other countries, such as those in Europe, where the measures are aimed at citizens, because the reality of Mexico is different due to the enormous economic inequalities.

He specified that the provisions to combat the pandemic in the country were designed so that the subject of the intervention was not the people, but the structures that make them move, such as work and schools. “Without the need to use public force, we have had impressive reductions in mobility,” said the official. He added that it was possible to reduce three quarters of the size of the epidemic curve thanks to the National Day of Sana Distancia, for which he thanked the Mexican people for their cooperation. As of Wednesday, Mexico registers 4,220 deaths and 40,186 confirmed cumulative cases of coronavirus, José Luis Alomía, general director of Epidemiology, announced.

Source:El Financiero

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