(MEXICO CITY) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated Sunday he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and that the signs are gentle.
Mexico’s president, who has been criticized for his dealing with of his nation’s pandemic, stated on his official Twitter account that he’s below medical therapy.
“I remorse to tell you that I’m contaminated with COVID-19,” he tweeted. “The signs are gentle however I’m already below 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 hardly ever been seen carrying a masks and continued to maintain up a busy journey schedule taking business flights.
He has resisted locking down the economic system, noting the devastating impact it will have on so many Mexicans who reside each day.
Early within the pandemic, requested how he was defending Mexico, López Obrador eliminated two spiritual amulets from his pockets and proudly confirmed them off.
“The protecting defend is the ‘Get thee behind me, Devil,’” López Obrador stated, 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, stated that “Mexico is in unhealthy form” with the pandemic and urged its leaders be critical concerning the coronavirus and set examples for its residents.
He didn’t title López Obrador, however stated: “We wish to ask Mexico to be very critical.”
“We’ve got stated it typically, carrying a masks is necessary, hygiene is necessary and bodily distancing is necessary 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 arms 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 stated he wouldn’t bounce the road for a vaccination. His concession gave the impression to be common testing. In a rustic that solely assessments folks with important signs, López Obrador will get examined as soon as per week.
At his age and along with his current well being circumstances López Obrador’s flip for a vaccine might 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 stated through Twitter the 2 leaders would converse concerning the bilateral relationship and supplying doses of the vaccine.
The vaccine has not been authorized to be used in Mexico, however the authorities is determined to fill provide gaps for the Pfizer vaccine.