Mexico City: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he tested positive for COVID-19, the highest number of infections and deaths in his country so far Announce once.
López Obrador, who has been criticized for his handling of Mexico’s pandemic and for not setting an example of prevention in public, said Sunday on his official Twitter account that his symptoms are mild and he is under medical treatment.
“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19,” he tweeted. “The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward.”
José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, said the 67-year-old López Obrador had a “light” case of COVID-19 and was “isolating at home.”
Mexico’s president wrote that while he recovered Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero would be taking over for him in his daily news conferences, at which he usually speaks for two hours without breaks each weekday.
Despite his age and high blood pressure, López Obrador has not received a vaccine shot even though Mexico has already received a batch of Pfizer-BioNTech doses. He has said that health workers would be the first ones to get them. Under the government plan, people over 60 will start being vaccinated in February.
López Obrador rarely wears a mask and continues to maintain his busy travel schedule on commercial flights.
He also refused to restrict economic development. He pointed out that this would have devastating effects on many Mexicans who live daily, even though the country has recorded nearly 150,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 1.7 million infections. The new wave of infections has brought the country’s capital’s health system close to saturation.
At the beginning of the pandemic, when asked how to protect Mexico, López Obrador took two religious amulets from his wallet and proudly showed them off.
“The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan,’” López Obrador said, reading off the inscription on the amulet, “Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me.
In November, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, urged Mexico’s leaders be serious about the coronavirus and set examples for its citizens, saying that “Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic.
He didn’t name López Obrador, but said: “We would like to ask Mexico to be very serious.”
“We have said it in general, wearing a mask is important, hygiene is important and physical distancing is important and we expect leaders to be examples,” he added.
At the beginning of the pandemic, López Obrador was criticized for still squeezing into the crowd and hugging. The eternal candidate, López Obrador’s political style has always been kind and full of personality. As the pandemic intensified, he began to restrict participation in activities and keep his distance from supporters.
But on Friday, López Obrador posted a photo of him, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, translator and former Chief of Staff Alfonso Romo ( Alfonso Romo sat around a table and had a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden. No one is wearing a mask. The Ministry of Foreign Relations has not yet answered questions about whether to test Ebrard.
Soon after the news came out, López Obrador announced that he would talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about obtaining the dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter that the two leaders will speak on bilateral relations and the provision of vaccine doses.
The vaccine has not yet been approved for use in Mexico, but the government is eager to fill the gap in Pfizer’s vaccine supply.
In addition to Lopez Obrador, other Latin American leaders who have tested positive for the coronavirus are Brazil’s President Jal Bolsonaro, Guatemala’s Alejandro Gammatteti, and Honduras’ Hu Ann Orlando Hernandez and the then interim president of Bolivia, Jeanna Arnez. All recovered.