Lopez Obrador has lashed out against criticism of his response to the global pandemic by saying his adversaries are seeking to exploit fears to undermine him.
On Monday March 16th, AMLO justified ignoring his own health ministry’s public advice to reduce direct human contact by saying his job was to keep up the spirits of the population.
At the same time, he has shifted responsibility for some actions to others, saying he would wind down the mass rallies when a deputy health minister standing next to him told him to.
A government source said Sheinbaum’s “stay at home” broadcast had been coordinated in advance with the presidency, which a spokesman for the mayor confirmed. A spokesman for the presidency did not reply to a request for comment.
Businesses, meanwhile, are taking cues from abroad.
Ana Lopez Mestre, director general of the American Chamber of Commerce, said many international companies had begun to act because they saw what was happening in other countries.
“This is something very positive that has come out of society,” said Lopez Mestre, who is now working from home.
At Mr. Tofu, a vegan shop in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood, a young shop attendant wearing rubber gloves stopped customers from entering and took orders at the door.
“I proposed this measure,” she said, declining to give her name. “My whole family is old, and they’re very vulnerable.”
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