Selin ATAY-TDO- The President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recommends citizens to continue to go out and frequent restaurants to support local economy.

In a Facebook video, he said that people should not take the “exaggerated” measures of staying indoors and participating in social distancing.  “We are going to continue to lead a normal life, and in the [right] moment, the president will tell you all when to protect yourselves,” he said in the video. 

He suggested that people continue to go to local businesses like restaurants as long as they maintain a “safe distance” from one another. “If you are able to do it and have the economic capacity, continue to take your family out to eat at restaurants because this strengthens the local economy,” he said.

He then pointed out that there have been only two confirmed cases in Oaxaca. However, experts have repeatedly said that there’s likely many more unconfirmed cases as many public hospitals continue to refuse to test people with symptoms.

The president then said that Mexicans are “very resistant” because of their culture, seeming to suggest that Mexicans will fare better than other countries because of their “ancient” roots.

Lopez Obrador’s recommendations are a swift break from the suggestions of other international world leaders and WHO.

The president has been criticized for his laid back approach to the coronavirus, and cities and municipalities are taking their own steps to prevent the spread of the virus. Despite the criticisms, the Mexican president assured citizens that the country was prepared.

The Mexican government announced on Sunday that there were 316 coronavirus cases in the country with 3 casualties.

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