Mexican President Prepares Tour While Pandemic Spreads

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 5:29pm
Updated: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 6:36am
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus should be voluntary during his morning press conference on April 15, 2020.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s cases of coronavirus and deaths related to it are still increasing by hundreds. But the president decided to start touring around the country again on June 1, mainly to supervise and inaugurate state projects.  

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says it’s time for him to travel and begin the new normal, despite reports of severe levels of infection in the country.

The president will visit Mexico’s southeast, including Cancún, a tourism destination severely damaged economically by the pandemic.

But his main goal is to supervise the construction of an interstate tourist train, one of his administration’s signature projects.

López Obrador says it’s very important for him to kick off the train project, as it will bring more jobs to the area. 

But critics say the construction follows a questionable bidding process and will hurt archaeological and natural areas.

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