Mexican president tests positive for Covid-19
Published: 10:38 AM, 25 January 2021 Updated: 10:39 AM, 25 January 2021
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he was infected with the coronavirus but his symptoms are mild; Photo: Collected
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced Sunday that he was infected with the coronavirus, but said his symptoms are mild and he is receiving medical treatment.
“I regret to inform you that I am infected with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already undergoing medical treatment,” the 67-year-old president said in a message on social media Twitter. – reports AFP, Al Jazeera, CNN.
“As always, I am optimistic,” added the leftwing populist, who hs resisted wearing a mask and has kept up most of his activities during the pandemic.
Lopez Obrador said that he would continue to work from the presidential palace and delegated the interior ministry to represent him this week at his daily news conference.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been criticized for his handling of Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak, including for taking too long to impose a lockdown at the start of the pandemic and for continuing to hold rallies and greet supporters with ‘handshakes and hugs’. He has also rarely been seen wearing a mask.
He has previously had heart problems that required him to be admitted to a private hospital in 2013 and has also suffered from hypertension.
Lopez Obrador joins other world leaders including former US President Donald Trump, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and British prime minister Boris Johnson, among others, who have caught the virus.
Mexico has officially registered more than 1.75 million coronavirus cases and nearly 150,000 deaths — the world’s fourth-highest toll after the United States, Brazil and India.
Mexico City has been in a state of maximum alert since mid-December, with more than 90 percent of hospital beds full due to soaring infections, and non-essential activities have been suspended in the capital.