During his remarks, which broadcast dwell on YouTube and Facebook, Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa posed a query, asking reporters which individuals had been contaminated in the intervening time.
“The majority are wealthy people, you know,” he stated, answering his personal query. “If you’re rich you’re at risk, but if you’re poor, no, well us poor, we are immune.”
There isn’t any scientific proof to counsel the virus results folks otherwise on account of financial standing. His remarks sparked an uproar on social media, with many questioning why a authorities official would unfold info that has no foundation in actual fact.
Barbosa famous that a lot of those that contracted the virus had not too long ago traveled, suggesting a hyperlink between wealth and journey. Of Mexico’s 475 confirmed circumstances of the virus to date, about 75 p.c had been linked to worldwide journey in line with federal well being statistics. As of Thursday afternoon, 44 folks had examined constructive for the virus in Puebla.
Asked concerning the remarks at a Thursday press convention, Barbosa refused to remark.
As the pandemic unfold the world over, as not too long ago as final week López Obrador was not training social distancing and downplaying the virus’ risk, telling households to dwell as they usually would. He has modified his tone over the previous few days, as Mexico’s case rely has greater than doubled since March 20, urging folks to be secure and keep house.
Mexico’s federal authorities has additionally ramped up prevention measures not too long ago. Beginning what it calls Phase 2 of its disaster response, the federal government has shuttered colleges, closed non-essential federal workplaces, and inspired folks to say house and socially distance. A nightly press convention by the Ministry of Health updates the general public on the standing of the outbreak.
On Thursday morning, López Obrador advised reporters the worst of the outbreak can be over by April 19. But Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell Ramírez l advised reporters shortly afterward that there’s a sturdy threat that the variety of circumstances will exponentially rise, forcing pressure the federal government to take stronger preventative measures.
Governor Barbosa is a member of López Obrador’s MORENA political get together. His feedback are additionally at odds with preventative measures not too long ago put in place in Puebla—measures that aren’t solely aimed on the rich: On March 23, Puebla’s authorities quickly suspended all actions at theatres, cinemas, gyms, bars, zoos, amongst different locations. The native authorities has additionally launched a web based hygiene marketing campaign together with movies in Nahuatl, an indigenous language spoken by greater than one million folks nationwide.