The infinitely controversial governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla, joined the list of governors who are getting tired of the fed’s shit in Mexico. He said that federal authorities have been hiding the real number of cases in his state, this after also saying that the federal healthcare system is failing in the state. He said “doctors are being knocked out like flies.”
Other governors started complaining a long time ago. In Jalisco, governor Alfaro got into a fight with the feds over the availability of quick tests, and in Michoacan, governor Aureoles said that they were lying about the operability of a medical equipment repair shop that “doesn’t even have a desk.” Perhaps unintentionally, mayoress Sheinbaum of Mexico City indirectly contradicted the feds, as she revealed the number of ventilators used at the time in Mexico City, which was significantly higher than the number of ventilators the feds said were being used across the nation.
The thing that sets Bonilla apart from other governors (It’s important to clarify that the mayoress has comparable powers to a governor) is that he’s part of the president’s own party, and his fierce criticism of the fed’s response comes as a shock to many political commentators.
Incidentally, Baja California has one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the nation, with Baja California Sur having the worst one. Nuevo Leon and Jalisco, two states which insisted on preventative measures early on seem to have the slowest infection curves despite hosting Monterrey and Guadalajara (the third and second largest cities in the country respectively) inside their borders.
Using the same template as John Hopkins, Mexico’s National Autonomous University prepared an interactive map that details the extent of the epidemic using the fed’s numbers:
It is very important to clarify that Mexico uses the sentinel model, which relies on estimates to count cases. As of now the sentinel model indicates Mexico probably has upwards of 55,000 cases of COVID-19, meanwhile only 6,875 cases have been confirmed through PCR tests, and the feds claim 20,000 suspected cases being investigated. It’s evident the feds are tracking the disease too slowly as the rate of mild cases has gone down from an expected 80% to 64%, which probably correlates to tests being given to people who already feel very sick.