By Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obredor said on Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and the symptoms were mild.
The president of Mexico, who has been criticized for not dealing with his country’s epidemic and publicly setting an example of prevention, said on his official Twitter account that he is under medical treatment.
“I’m sorry to tell 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. “
Mexico’s director of epidemiology Jose Luis Alomia Zegra said Lopez Obredor had a “mild” case of COVID-19 and was “isolated at home”. He has a team of doctors who are taking care of him.
The president of Mexico has written that Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordeiro is working for him when he recovers, and that he will apparently appear at López Obredor’s daily news conferences, at which he usually spends two hours every day Speak without a break.
The 67-year-old Lopez Obredor is rarely seen wearing a mask and continues to have a busy itinerary for commercial flights.
They have also protested the shutdown of the economy, noting the devastating impact it will have on so many Mexicans who live day-to-day, despite the country recording around 150,000 COVID-19 deaths and over 1.7 million infections. Have done.
Early in the epidemic, asked how he was protecting Mexico, López Obrador removed two religious amulets from his wallet and proudly showed them.
“Safety armor ‘Get you to me, Satan’,” Lopez Obredor said, reading the inscription on the amulets, “Stop, the enemy, is with me for the heart of Jesus.
In November, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adnom Ghebius, urged Mexico’s leaders to be serious about coronovirus and set an example for their citizens, saying “Mexico is in a bad state”.
He did not name Lopez Obredor, but said: “We would like to tell Mexico to be very serious.”
“We have generally said that wearing masks is important, hygiene is important and physical disturbances are important and we expect examples from leaders,” he said.
The epidemic López Obrador was initially criticized for still leaning in and hugging the crowd. The style of politics of Lopez Obredor, the eternal campaigner, has always been personal and personal. As the epidemic progressed it began to limit its presence and maintain its distance from supporters.
Despite surgery after his age and high blood pressure, as well as a heart attack, Lopez Obredor said he would not jump the line for vaccination. But he was tested once a week for coronavirus.
At his age and with his current health conditions the turn of a vaccine for Lopez Obredor may still be weeks away as the country still works to vaccinate front-line health workers.
As of Sunday night, Mexico had given approximately 630,000 doses of the vaccine.
Lopez Obredor’s announcement came shortly after news surfaced that he would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about receiving Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine supplements.
Mexico’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Marcello Eberard said via Twitter that the two leaders will speak about the bilateral relationship and the supply of vaccine supplements.
The vaccine has not been approved for use in Mexico, but the government is desperate to fill the supply gap for the Pfizer vaccine.
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