Who foots the bill when government officials get tested for COVID-19?

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Who foots the bill when government officials get tested for COVID-19?
Public Administration Minister Irma Eréndira Sandoval and Profeco Director Ricardo Sheffield have tested positive for COVID-19 - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 03/05/2020 12:50 Mexico City Off the Record Actualizada 12:59
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Who foots the bill when government officials get tested for COVID-19?

The Health Ministry has recommended that in case people have COVID-19 symptoms, the best is to stay home and fill an online survey, not to go out and get tested. Nevertheless, Public Administration Minister Irma Eréndira Sandoval and Profeco Director Ricardo Sheffield announced they tested positive but that they have mild symptoms. If they got tested in private hospitals, with their own resources, there would be no problem but if they asked for a favor and got tested at a public institution, this would mean they used their privilege as government officials. It would be better if they both explained where did they get tested.

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Osorio Chong got tested for COVID-19

After this newspaper revealed senator Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong got tested for COVID-19 in a private lab, we’ve been told that the lab has been in the market for 29 years and it’s not linked to senator Dolores Padierna. Moreover, we’ve been told that they have the necessary permits from the Cofepris and InDRE to test people for SARS-COV 2. By the way, Osorio Chong tested positive.

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Mario Delgado is back to work

Morena’s leader in the lower chamber, Mario Delgado, is working to revive the reform that would take away budget faculties from the Legislative Branch. The project led the opposition to say this reform was something Santa Anna would have done, not Benito Juárez; however, the project will be presented when lawmakers ask for an extraordinary session. The pandemic gave Morena enough time to calculate how many votes does it need; nevertheless, there are no signs that the opposition will be dismantled.

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Not everyone agrees with pay cuts

It seems like some government officials refuse to get pay cuts and give up their Christmas bonuses, as ordered by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. On April 27, Pemex official Juan Carlos Granados Hernández sent a memorandum to the company, saying that he could not take a pay cut, other officials are also planning to decline the President’s order. We’ll see if there are any consequences for these officials, as lawmaker Porfirio Muñoz Ledo said that high-ranking officials are being pressured to cut their salaries because if they don’t, they will be fired.

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