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- 37.4 Public Health
- 9.4 Financial
- 68 Fact-Based
Mexico's score has deteriorated over time, due primarily to its extremely weak financial response and relatively weak public health policy, including very limited testing.
Low numbers of hospital beds and poor access to quality healthcare resulted in Mexico being poorly prepared for COVID-19.
- Debt/GDP ratio 35.4%
- GDP/capita $21,363
- Gini coefficient (out of 100) 45.4
- Infant mortality rate (out of 1,000 live births) 11
- Healthcare access score (out of 100) 62.6
- Hospital beds/1,000 People 10.2
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(Data points represent policy level as of Mar 15.)
Public Health Directives
Mexico’s poor health policy score was driven down by extremely limited testing.
- Stay at home order 2
- Public gathering restrictions 3
- School closings 3
- Public event cancellations 2
- Testing policy 1
- Emergency healthcare investments/capita $56.93
- Travel restrictions 1
- Tests/1,000 people 41.8
- Contact tracing 2
Mexico has a very weak financial-response score, with extremely limited stimulus and little debt support.
- Financial stimulus as share of GDP 2%
- Income support 0
- Debt forebearance 1
President Lopez Obrador has consistently downplayed the threat of COVID-19, accusing the media of exaggeration, encouraging Mexicans not to succumb to fear, and publicly flaunting social distancing recommendations.
- Reliance on science/fact based information 1
- Press freedom 1
COVID-19 Status as of Mar 15
Mexico scores at the median for country status, an increase from January, with a substantial improvement in its death rate.
- Total deaths 5,322
- Death rate per 100K 41.3
- Total cases 2,167,729
- Cases per 100K 574
- Percent of positive tests 24.6
- Change in positivity rates -18.4
|1||Apr 13||Those who can't telework are allowed back to work (especially those in construction and manufacturing)||2.74|
|2||May 18||300 municipalities are allowed to start reopening; automotive, construction, and mining sectors reopen||18.72|
|3||Jun 01||Restrictions begin easing, based on the situation in each state (green/yellow/orange/red coding)||21.49|
- Mexico leans on China for vaccine help: After President Biden noted America's unwillingness to share vaccines for now, Mexico turned to China, ordering 22 million doses of vaccines. Read More
- Pandemic czar hospitalized with COVID-19: Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Mexico's COVID-19 czar, was recovering from a hospitalization for COVID-19; Gatell has been criticized for downplaying the importance of facemasks and a strategy of limited testing. Read More
- Largest economic contraction since 1930s: Mexico's GDP fell by 8.5 percent during the past year, its largest decline since the Great Depression in 1932, largely due to the pandemic, although its performance in the fourth quarter suggested it could be improving. Read More
- Mexico first Latin American country to begin vaccinations: Amidst a harsh new wave of infections, Mexico began vaccinating healthcare workers in late December using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Read More
- Inequality worsens: 45 million people fall below the poverty line, forcing many to resume daily life despite increasing case numbers. Read More
- Key leaders blame COVID-19 cases on soda: Health Undersecretary López-Gatell and Prime Minister Obradar have claimed that soda consumption has driven up comorbidities, resulting in the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico. Read More
Compared with Other Western Hemisphere Countries
19.9United States 29,495,424
Per 1M 55,333
Still battling widespread COVID-19 cases and deaths, which were exacerbated by the former administration's limited use of facts and science, limited emergency healthcare spending, and limited debt relief, the Biden administration, by contrast, is taking aggressive action to combat the virus, although it may take time for the score to reflect these changes.
Per 1M 66,849
Brazil has a relatively weak score, primarily due to its poor public health policies, especially its very low levels of testing, coupled with President Bolsonaro’s spreading of misinformation about the virus.
Per 1M 3,166
Canada has a relatively strong score, with poor public health policy countered by a continued reliance on fact-based communication.
Per 1M 6,742
Argentina’s strong policy score is mainly due to its strong political response, characterized by clear, fact-based communication and regular press briefings by President Fernandez.
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Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:
- Debt to GDP ratio
- Infant mortality rates
- Hospital beds per 1,000 people
- Gini coefficients measuring inequality
- Health access and quality
COVID-19 Public Health Directives:
- Stay-at home orders
- School-closing policy
- Public-gathering restrictions
- Cancellation of public events
- Testing policy and rates per 1,000 people
- Emergency healthcare spending per capita
- Travel restrictions
- Contact tracing
COVID-19 Financial Response:
- Stimulus package as a share of GDP
- Income support
- Instances of misinformation by leadership
- Limitations on press freedom, censorship
Current/Historic In-Country COVID-19 Status:
- Death rates per 1 million
- Case rates per 1 million