- With the seventh-highest global death toll in the world, Mexico is catching up to Brazil as one of the worst-affected Latin American countries.
- The country has been slow in clamping down on the outbreak after many public officials, including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, refused to acknowledge its severity for a long time.
- But the government’s handling has not been the only problem: Many Mexicans have developed a stigma around the virus, and believe that it is a hoax or not as bad as it seems.
- It has also impacted the country’s healthcare workers, who are facing widespread abuse from people who believe they are helping spread the virus.
- While Mexico has yet to reach peak infections, officials are pushing ahead with plans to reopen the economy.
- Photos show what it’s like in the country as it tries to tackle the coronavirus amid the turmoil.
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Mexico is rapidly becoming one of the worst-affected countries from the novel coronavirus in the world.
With more than 15,000 deaths, it officially has the seventh-highest global death toll, according to a tracker by John Hopkins University. The government has said the real number of infected people is significantly higher than the official count, according to Reuters.
With a weak health system, high poverty rates, and public officials who long chose to ignore the severity of the virus, the country is now feeling the brunt of it.
But as the numbers continue to climb, the country still plans to gradually reopen its economy as it faces mounting pressure from US officials to power up factories operating at the US-Mexico border.
Photos show what it’s like in Mexico as it faces one of the worst crises in the history of its country.