Left Menu
Development News Edition

HRW slams 'reckless' Mexican leader over COVID-19

HRW slams 'reckless' Mexican leader over COVID-19
Representative image Image Credit: Wikimedia

Human Rights Watch on Thursday accused Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of setting a "dangerous example" amid the coronavirus pandemic by failing to respect social distancing. Lopez Obrador had initially maintained his routine of public appearances and contact with supporters despite health authorities calling on Mexicans to take more precautions.

"President Lopez Obrador's behavior in the face of the COVID-19 crisis is a profoundly dangerous example that threatens Mexicans' health," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. Late in February, after Mexico's first case had been confirmed the president "blatantly misinformed the Mexican public, saying: 'According to the information available, it is not terrible or fatal. It is not even as bad as the flu,'" HRW said.

The New York-based rights group said he had "continued to hold rallies and attend events across the country, hugging, kissing, and shaking hands with supporters despite recommendations to avoid crowds and close contact." HRW noted that Lopez Obrador had tweeted a video encouraging Mexicans to go out to restaurants to help shore up the economy. As of Wednesday, Mexico had registered 475 coronavirus infections with six deaths.

The government announced it would suspend all non-essential activities starting Thursday to help stem the spread of the virus. Lopez Obrador encouraged Mexicans to stay at home after health authorities said Tuesday that the virus was being transmitted locally for the first time.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



Coronavirus lockdowns to speed up long-pending change in supply chains

With millions of production lines impacted, business disruptions to some extent are unavoidable and the lessons learned from this turbulence will leave an everlasting impact on both global and local levels of supply chains....

COVID 19 to catalyze the redefinition of urban planning and sustainability

Until now the urban planning was focused on mitigation to natural disastrous, climate change, pollution, chronic illness and lifestyle diseases. However, the global pandemic of novel coronavirus is going to change the whole narrative of urb...

Ebola to COVID 19: Has Geopolitics prevailed over Professionalism in WHO

World Health Organization WHO is perceived as one of the most professional bodies of the United Nations. However, the role of WHO has come under question in handling outbreak two deadly diseases Ebola Viral Disease EVD and novel Coronaviru...

Trade War, COVID 19 and Beyond: How Pandemic is defining a New World Order

While we are confined in our homes, the world is changing faster than ever. Geopolitics in the time pandemic is defining a new world order. The transformation is happening in almost all the walks of life but the million-dollar question is ...


Latest News

Gadkari asks NHAI chief, toll operators to ensure food, water support to migrant workers

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday asked NHAI Chairman and toll operators across national highways to provide food, water and other necessary support to migrant workers. The directions came amid reports that migrant workers are facing...

Germany will not ease shutdown until at least April 20 - paper

Germany will not ease measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus before at least April 20, Chancellor Angela Merkels chief of staff told a German newspaper. We are not talking about any easing before April 20, Helge Braun told Tagesspieg...

Taiwan foreign minister invites U.S. reporters expelled by China

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu extended a personal invitation on Saturday for three major U.S. newspapers to station on the island their China-based journalists whose expulsion Beijing has announced. China said on March 18 it was revokin...

How Son Ye-Jin and Hyun Bin's sense of 'camaraderie' help in difficult filming conditions

Crash Landing On You aired the final episode on February 16 but fans are still having a hard time getting over the BinJin couple Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin. Social media is flooded with posts about the stars and with thousands of requesting fo...

Give Feedback