Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks throughout a press convention in Mexico City on 15 December 2020.
PHOTO: Mexican Presidency/AFP
- Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador,
introduced that he is contaminated with Covid-19, however that his signs had been delicate.
- He has been criticised for his gradual response to the
pandemic, and isn’t seen sporting a masks in public.
- Mexico has formally registered greater than 1.75
million coronavirus circumstances and almost 150 000 deaths.
Mexico City – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador introduced on Sunday that he was contaminated with the coronavirus, however stated
his signs had been delicate.
In a message on social media, the 67-year-old stated:
I remorse to tell you that I’m contaminated with Covid-19. The signs are delicate, however I’m already present process medical therapy.
“As at all times, I’m optimistic. We will come
via this collectively,” he stated.
The left-wing populist isn’t seen sporting a
masks in public, together with at his each day information conferences, and has saved up most
of his actions through the pandemic.
Lopez Obrador has continued his travels to
totally different elements of the nation and on Friday visited the northern state of San
He was criticised for being gradual to impose a
lockdown at first of the pandemic and for persevering with to carry rallies and
greet supporters with handshakes and hugs.
Lopez Obrador suffered a coronary heart assault in 2013 and
underwent angioplasty. He additionally suffers from hypertension – a danger issue for
He joins different world leaders, together with former US
president Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson, who’ve caught the virus.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that
he wished his Mexican counterpart a “full and speedy recovery”.
“We want him a speedy recovery. I do know that
his individuals want him and that Latin America accompanies him on this troublesome
time we’re going via,” Argentine President Alberto Fernandes stated on
Former Mexican presidents Felipe Calderon
(2006-2012) and Enrique Pena Nieto (2012-2018) additionally took to Twitter to want
Lopez Obrador a profitable recovery.
Lopez Obrador stated he would work from the
presidential palace this week and delegated Interior Minister Olga Sanchez to
signify him at his each day information convention.
He additionally stated he would participate in a phone name
with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about the potential of Mexico
buying the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
Mexico has formally registered greater than 1.75
million coronavirus circumstances and almost 150 000 deaths – the world’s
fourth-highest toll after the United States, Brazil and India.
Mexico City has been in a state of most alert
since mid-December, with greater than 90% of hospital beds full on account of hovering
infections. Non-essential actions have been suspended within the capital.
Lopez Obrador got here to energy on 1 December 2018,
promising to “transform” the nation after sweeping apart the 2
political events that had dominated for many years.
The former Mexico City mayor and self-styled
anti-corruption crusader has confronted calls to resign over his dealing with of the
pandemic, however nonetheless enjoys strong approval rankings.
The Latin American nation started a mass immunisation
programme on 24 December, utilizing the coronavirus vaccine developed by US medicine
big Pfizer and its German accomplice BioNTech.
It has additionally authorised the shot developed by
AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
The first vaccinations got to frontline well being
staff, and Lopez Obrador stated that he would wait till March, when individuals
over the age of 65 are scheduled to be immunised, to get the shot himself.