Mexican President Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Jan. 24 that he has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Jan. 24 that he has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms.

“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward,” Lopez Obrador stated on Twitter.

Mexico’s Director of Epidemiology Jose Luis Alomia Zegarra said at a daily news conference after the tweet that Lopez Obrador “is stable at the moment.”

“A team of medical specialists is attending to the health of the president,” Zegarra said, adding that Lopez Obrador was “isolating at home.”

The 67-year-old president, who was often seen not wearing a mask, kept a busy travel schedule amid the pandemic, taking commercial flights and making public appearances.

The president has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic, focusing on increasing hospital capacity instead of increasing efforts on contact tracing and testing and opting for a tier system of restrictions instead of mandatory lockdowns.

The announcement came two weeks after Presidential Spokesperson Jesus Ramirez Cuevas, who was in close contact with the president, tested positive for COVID-19.

During his recovery, Lopez Obrador said that Dr. Olga Sanchez Cordero will represent him in his daily press conferences.

Lopez Obrador also said that he will attend to public affairs from the National Palace, citing that he will take a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin “because, regardless of friendly relations, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine.”

According to Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, Lopez Obrador and Putin will address the supply of the Russian COVID-19 vaccines, aside from their bilateral relationship.


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