In a land of disbelief COVID-19 is running rampant: 13 photos show Mexico emerging as one of the latest coronavirus hotspots

Rosa Leyva (R) and her nephew Viridiana are waiting for customers at their booth where, on May 7, 2020, she sells flower arrangements and plastic religious pictures in front of the San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters
With the seventh highest death toll worldwide, Mexico overtakes Brazil as one of the hardest hit Latin American countries.
The country has been slow to fight the outbreak after many officials, including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, have long refused to recognize its severity.
However, government dealings weren't the only problem: many Mexicans have developed a stigma about the virus and believe that it is a joke or not as bad as it seems.
This has also affected the country's health care workers, who are often abused by people who believe they can help spread the virus.
While Mexico has yet to reach peak infections, officials are pushing ahead with plans to reopen the economy.
Photos show how it is in the country when it tries to fight the corona virus in the midst of turbulence.
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Mexico is rapidly becoming one of the worst affected countries by the novel coronavirus in the world.
With more than 15,000 deaths, it officially has the seventh highest death toll worldwide, according to a John Hopkins University tracker. According to Reuters, according to the government, the actual number of infected people is significantly higher than the official number.
With a weak health system, high poverty rates and officials who have long chosen to ignore the severity of the virus, the country is now feeling the brunt of it.
However, as the numbers continue to increase, the country plans to gradually reopen its economy as it is under increasing pressure from US officials to start up factories on the US-Mexico border.
Photos show what it's like in Mexico when it faces one of the worst crises in its country's history.
Like much of Latin America, Mexico is currently developing into the new epicenter of the novel corona virus.
Monica Samudio, 46, whose husband Jorge Garcia died of COVID-19, looks out of her new apartment in Mexico City on April 29, 2020. Samudio said she moved out of her previous home after feeling discriminated against when she and her husband contracted the disease.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters
According to John Hopkins University, Mexico has the second worst death toll in South America after Brazil.
Mexico reacted very slowly during the pandemic. Officials - including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador - did not take the virus seriously for a long time and insisted that the economy be given priority.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 5, 2020.
Associated Press
Until the last week of March, the country was still normal to keep the economy going.
On April 21, Mexico finally declared that it would enter the "third phase". Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who hadn't taken the pandemic seriously for weeks, said: "I want to give a guarantee ... that we Mexicans can overcome this crisis. We will win together."
And it pays the price. To date, the country has nearly 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 15,000 deaths, despite fears that the numbers are much higher.
A crematorium worker pushes the body of a person who has died from the coronavirus into a crematorium in a crematorium in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico City, on May 19, 2020.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters
According to a Sky News investigation, government insiders say the numbers are "hopelessly inaccurate" and underestimated by at least a factor of five.
Source: Worldometer
The number of infections and deaths is expected to only increase. Health officials predict that the country is weeks from peak.
Marco says goodbye on May 15, 2020 after a video call to his wife Carla, a coronavirus patient, as part of a family support strategy at Ajusco General Hospital in Mexico City, Mexico.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters
Mexican Deputy Minister of Health Hugo Lopez-Gatell said in a press conference on Tuesday: "We still haven't hit the peak. We will continue to announce for a few weeks that there are more cases today than yesterday," said Reuters.
Despite the alarming increase in cases, the government is still pushing for the gradual reopening of the economy.
Nogales Hospital doctor Javier Martinez eats outside his home while his family is watching him before returning to work in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on April 25, 2020.
Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters
Source: Los Angeles Times
The country was under increasing pressure from US officials to reopen border factories. Some companies have not closed at all, resulting in many deaths.
Workers from U.S. auto parts maker Aptiv Plc arrive at the plant in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on May 18, 2020.
Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters
There are more than 6,000 "maquiladoras" living in the country's border states, most of which are foreign-owned factories that manufacture products for export.
Baja California, the Mexican state with the largest number of maquiladoras, has the second largest number of Covid 19 deaths, according to the Guardian.
Source: The Guardian
The virus is also widespread outside the factories. In larger cities, many people live in poverty and cannot afford to stay inside. When market visitors in Mexico City were asked if they were afraid of the virus, they shrugged and said they had more trouble worrying - like getting food.
Rosa Leyva (R) and her nephew Viridiana are waiting for customers at their booth where, on May 7, 2020, she sells flower arrangements and plastic religious pictures in front of the San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters
Source: Sky News
A big part of the problem is that the locals don't seem to take the pandemic seriously. Since the onset of the outbreak, there has been a social stigma associated with infection with the virus, which has prompted many people not to admit that they are sick at all.
Mourners refrain from social distancing and dancing during a Mazahua indigenous ceremony after Horacio Servando Parada, 65, who died of the coronavirus on May 21, 2020, was buried in San Antonio Pueblo Nuevo, Mexico.
Gustavo Graf / Reuters
Source: Sky News
A doctor who works in Mexico City told Sky News: "Some people don't even believe [coronavirus] exists. Patients come here and I tell them it's probably COVID, they say no, it doesn't exist The national government invented it. "
Traces of goggles and patches can be seen on the face of a nurse after her shift in the intensive care unit, where patients with COVID-19 are being treated at Juarez hospital since Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 29, 2020 in Mexico City continues.
Carlos Jasso / Reuters
Source: Sky News
The stigma has also resulted in a number of attacks on healthcare workers, including attacking, shutting down public transportation and preventing them from leaving their homes.
Healthcare workers in protective suits are transporting a man suspected of being infected with the corona virus in Mexico City on May 11, 2020.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters
The Mexican authorities believe that the attacks are most likely related to rumors that doctors and nurses are responsible for the spread of the virus.
The country recorded at least 44 attacks against medical personnel between mid-March and mid-April. This emerges from data provided to CNN by the Mexican National Council to Prevent Discrimination.
Hundreds of health workers have died and there have been numerous protests demanding more personal protective equipment (PPE).
A ballet dancer performs outside a private hospital in Monterrey, Mexico on May 15, 2020.
Daniel Becerril / Reuters
Source: New York Times
Little effort has been made to test humans for the virus. Mexico is among the lowest in Latin America with only 0.4 tests per 1,000 inhabitants.
Family members of a patient with COVID-19 pray together on May 19, 2020 in front of the hospital where he is being treated for treatment in Mexico City.
Luis Cortes / Reuters
Source: The Guardian
The outbreak of the corona virus in Mexico shows no signs of slowing down. Cristian Morales, the representative of the World Health Organization in Mexico, said this week: "We are experiencing one of the most complex and dangerous moments in the epidemic."
The coffin of 65-year-old Horacio Servando Parada, who died from COVID-19, will be brought to a grave in San Antonio Pueblo Nuevo, Mexico, on May 21, 2020, during his funeral, following the tradition of the native Mazahua.
Gustavo Graf / Reuters
Source: CNN
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