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Long lines of Mexicans to undergo COVID tests in private clinics

Mexico City, Jan 5 (EFE) .- Claudia Rodríguez waits impatiently, under the intense rays of the sun, in a line that goes around the street to get a covid test in a private laboratory in Mexico City. Rodríguez tried to have the test applied to him for two days, when he began to present symptoms, but he never arrived in time to reach one of the 50 shifts that they give in public health from 9:00 a.m. After much frustration, he went to a private place at noon this Wednesday where he will spend 500 pesos (about $ 24), “because there is no other choice” and because getting free tests from the local government “is a way of the cross.” The 53-year-old woman has not been able to miss work despite suspecting that she is infected, and like many, she needs proof in hand to request disability. Rodríguez’s case is not isolated, images of endless lines throughout the capital, in whose metropolitan area more than 20 million people live, are seen everywhere. The data justify the scenes that have been seen in the last hours, on Tuesday Mexico registered 15,000 daily infections, the highest figure in four months. ENDLESS ROWS After Christmas, Mexicans have once again seen how cases begin to increase uncontrollably. For many residents of Mexico City, free public health tests are their only option to find out if they are infected. However, the demand has exceeded the care capacity of the health centers. Until Monday, the capital authorities carried out an average of 10,000 daily tests but soon decided to duplicate them and installed eight new modules in shopping centers. Around 8 in the morning, in a public clinic in the center of the city, Ana Laura Soriano waits together with a friend who sits on a bucket that has been turned into a chair to wait for her file. Both are formed from before 6 in the morning to reach one of the 100 shifts that day. Given the high demand, the capital government decided to increase the care capacity in each clinic. “They just gave us a record, we got number 44, thankfully we got up early so that we could catch up,” he told Efe while several sneezes are heard later. Practically next to the entrance door, about to be attended by the toilets, people report that they have waited since 5.30 in the morning. PRIVATE PHARMACIES AND CLINICS Not all people have the same fate as Soriano and go to one of the modules in shopping centers that the health authorities of Mexico City installed, but history repeats itself. When the clock strikes 12.00, an hour after, in theory, the toilets of the modules begin to pass people to do the tests, Karime Luna wastes helplessness and frustration. “There are few people who reach it, there are people here from very early, I have already tried in seven places and I have not achieved a turn,” he complained. Luna has clear symptoms of covid, such as a cough, but she cannot miss her work without her positive result, although she is optimistic: “I don’t think it is (the virus).” But people who, like Luna, cannot get a token end up in pharmacies. In these places, a PCR can cost more than 3,000 pesos ($ 145), an unaffordable price for millions of Mexicans. Carlos Alejandro Frías, 69, waits with his family in another long line outside a pharmacy that, in turn, intertwines with another line in another pharmacy just a few meters away. “I don’t know why but the organization always fails (…) because you go to the insurance (social security) and there are also lines, it is the daily bread in the city,” he complained. (c) EFE Agency

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Tristan Thompson gives 100 flowers to his daughter True after confirming the existence of his secret son