Mass testing won’t happen in Mexico. That’s the way the government wants it

People walk by a closed store during the pandemic in Guadalajara City, Mexico.
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Date of Publication: May 17, 2020

Source: CNN

Mexico is preparing to reopen its economy, allowing essential industries to open June 1 and other services to follow in phases during the weeks after. Despite reopening, the government plans to continue limiting testing to mainly those with severe symptoms of COVID-19. As of mid-May, Mexico was conducting 89 tests per 100,000 people, one of the lowest testing rates in the world. Top Mexican epidemiologist Dr. Lopez-Gatell says the data from their tested population is extrapolated to the wider population using modeling, to avoid spending resources on mass testing. Lopez-Gatell admitted Mexico’s true case count may be much higher than the reported 42,500, but says setting response policy does not require knowing the exact number of potential cases. However, many argue the lack of testing has left the Mexican government with an incomplete view of COVID-19’s effect on the population.

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Summary by: Roslyn Mainland