(MEXICO CITY) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned Sunday he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and that the signs are delicate.
Mexico’s president, who has been criticized for his dealing with of his nation’s pandemic, mentioned on his official Twitter account that he’s beneath medical therapy.
“I remorse to tell you that I’m contaminated with COVID-19,” he tweeted. “The signs are delicate however I’m already beneath medical therapy. As all the time, I’m optimistic. We’ll all transfer ahead.”
López Obrador, 67, has lengthy been criticized for not setting an instance of prevention in public. He has not often been seen carrying a masks and continued to maintain up a busy journey schedule taking business flights.
He has resisted locking down the financial system, noting the devastating impact it could have on so many Mexicans who reside everyday.
Early within the pandemic, requested how he was defending Mexico, López Obrador eliminated two non secular amulets from his pockets and proudly confirmed them off.
“The protecting defend is the ‘Get thee behind me, Devil,’” López Obrador mentioned, studying off the inscription on the amulet, “Cease, enemy, for the Coronary heart of Jesus is with me.
In November, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Well being Group, mentioned that “Mexico is in unhealthy form” with the pandemic and urged its leaders be severe concerning the coronavirus and set examples for its residents.
He didn’t title López Obrador, however mentioned: “We wish to ask Mexico to be very severe.”
“We now have mentioned it typically, carrying a masks is vital, hygiene is vital and bodily distancing is vital and we anticipate leaders to be examples …” he added.
Firstly of the pandemic López Obrador was criticized for nonetheless leaning into crowds and giving hugs. The everlasting campaigner, López Obrador’s model of politics has all the time been very fingers on and private. Because the pandemic grew he started limiting attendance to his occasions and sustaining his distance from supporters.
Regardless of his age and hypertension, in addition to present process surgical procedure after a coronary heart assault, López Obrador mentioned he wouldn’t leap the road for a vaccination. His concession gave the impression to be common testing. In a rustic that solely exams individuals with vital signs, López Obrador will get examined as soon as every week.
At his age and together with his current well being situations López Obrador’s flip for a vaccine may nonetheless be weeks away because the nation nonetheless works to vaccinate entrance line well being staff.
As of Sunday night time, Mexico had given practically 630,000 doses of vaccine.
Mexico has registered practically 150,000 COVID-19 deaths and greater than 1.7 million infections. Hospitals within the capital have been close to capability for weeks as a surge of circumstances adopted the vacation season.
López Obrador’s announcement got here shortly after information emerged that he would converse with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about acquiring doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
Mexico Overseas Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard mentioned by way of Twitter the 2 leaders would converse concerning the bilateral relationship and supplying doses of the vaccine.
The vaccine has not been permitted to be used in Mexico, however the authorities is determined to fill provide gaps for the Pfizer vaccine.