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Univision News: Carin Zissis on COVID-19 Cases in Mexico

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Carin Zissis, editor-in-chief of AS/COA Online, spoke to Carolina Sarassa of Univision News about rising COVID-19 cases in Mexico. "The truth is that here in Mexico, people have been concerned and there's anxiety about the health risks, but people have also been supportive of the government. The real anxiety that people are feeling is about the economy," said Zissis. She added that a growing number of people are seeing their economic conditions worsen, so there is a push to reopen the economy. 

Zissis said that Mexico has one of the lowest coronavirus testing rates in Latin America, noting there are about 40 tests per 1,000 people in the United States compared with 1.5 tests per 1,000 people in Mexico. She said the government is trying to reopen areas of Mexico that have no confirmed cases or deaths, that has many asking: "How do you know there are no confirmed cases or deaths if you haven't actually been testing?" Zissis cited a study released by the publication Nexos that reported 8,000 more deaths than normal in the capital since the beginning of the year, though only 1,800 COVID-19 deaths had been counted.

Zissis said that there is concern from the United States and Canada, both part of NAFTA, about disrupted supply chains. "The question is: Can factories protect their workers?" said Zissis.