In phase 3, tests of COVID-19 in Mexico go down
Before the current stage of the pandemic, 3,015 analyzes were applied in one day; a week later only 189 were made
For more than a month, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked all countries to increase their plans to carry out tests in order to quickly detect those infected with COVID-19, since this is "the best way" to stop the advance of the pandemic.
"We have a simple message for all countries: tests, tests and more tests," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the time.
On April 21, phase 3 of the transmission in Mexico was decreed, which represents an increase in cases and community infections. However, instead of the number of tests also increasing, it decreased.
According to the “Our World in Data” platform, from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), between April 21 and 26 the tests decreased 93 percent.
One day before starting the current phase, 3,015 analyzes were applied, a figure that 24 hours later dropped to 2,815. Then there were 1,200 fewer exams and last Sunday, just 189 were quantified.
The situation is different from when phase 2 of the health alert was active, since in that period on a "low" day around 700 analyzes were reported.
The debate on the tests made that, at least in Jalisco, the state authority looked for alternatives to identify the largest number of infections and treat them in time to avoid that the Health services are saturated.
Google translation from Informador.