Mexican President’s coronavirus missteps come at great risk
Alice Driver is a freelance journalist whose work focuses on migration, human rights and gender equality. She is based in Mexico City. Driver is the author of “More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)When my plane landed in Mexico City from Mérida on March 15, I was on my way to my apartment to self-quarantine. The World Health Organization had declared coronavirus a global pandemic just days before — and many countries were closing their borders to prevent its spread — so it seemed like the responsible thing to do after traveling, even within Mexico. But when I turned on my phone, I was flooded with messages and photos from friends enjoying the Vive Latino outdoor music festival among some 40,000 attendees. I was upset and worried, though not surprised because, at that point, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had not yet decided to cancel any large events in Mexico due to coronavirus. As I passed through the Mexico City airport, I saw no signs that measures were being taken to screen passengers for fever.