World Mexico's coronavirus czar in hospital with COVID-19, as death toll nears 186,000
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's coronavirus czar has been hospitalized over the past five days for COVID-19 treatment but is recovering well, a health official said on Sunday, as the country marks the one-year anniversary of its first confirmed infections.
Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the face of Mexico's response to the pandemic, has drawn criticism for downplaying the need for masks and for spear-heading a strategy of limited testing.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said the massive loss of life is “almost unbelievable.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said Sunday that the death toll is “almost unbelievable.
Mexico has registered 185,715 fatalities from the coronavirus, giving it the world's fourth-highest death toll from the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally.
Lopez-Gatell was admitted for "early hospitalization" last Wednesday after his medical team determined he required supplemental oxygen, said Ruy Lopez, head of the National Center of Preventative Programs and Disease Control (Cenaprece).
"He has progressed well and we hope he can be released from the hospital unit tomorrow," Lopez told a news conference.
A number of high-level officials in Mexico have contracted the virus, including President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has shunned face masks.
Mexico on Sunday registered another 458 coronavirus fatalities and 2,810 more confirmed infections, for a total of 2,086,938 cases. The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Diane Craft)
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President Biden assured Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that he considers the country “an equal” during a virtual meeting on Monday, as his administration works to unravel some of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Biden noted that while the U.S. and Mexico haven’t always been "perfect neighbors," both countries are safer when there’s a collaborative relationship, particularly where the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. "In the Obama-Biden administration, we made a commitment that we look at Mexico as an equal, not as somebody who is south of our border. You are equal," Biden said.