Mexico City: As Mexico registered the highest levels of infections and deaths, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also tested positive for Covid-19.
The 67-year-old López Obrador, who has been widely criticized over his poor handling of pandemic, himself announced on Twitter that he tested positive for coronavirus.
His official Twitter account, however, said that the symptoms were mild and he was under treatment. López Obrador in a tweet said, “I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19.”
Mexico’s director of epidemiology José Luis Alomía Zegarra said that the president had a light case and was isolating at home.
Mexico’s president usually speaks at the press conference for two hours without breaks each weekday. He said that during his recovery the Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero would be taking over for him in his daily news conferences.
Mexico has already received a batch of Pfizer-BioNTech doses but López Obrador has not received its shot despite his age and high blood pressure. Mexico’s president said that the health workers in the country would be first to get the vaccine. People above 60 will be vaccinated in February, according to the government’s plan.
According to the Associated Press, Mexico has registered around 150,000 deaths due to Covid-19 with infections in more than 1.7 million people. But President López Obrador resisted the lockdown emphasizing that shutting the country would have devastating effects on many people.
Most of the time, President López Obrador was seen without mask and he continued his busy travel schedule through commercial flights.
In the early days of the pandemic, Mexico President López Obrador had removed two religious amulets from his wallet and showed them off when he was asked how he was protecting the country from the pandemic.
“The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan. Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me,” López Obrador read off the inscription on the amulet.
Last year in November, head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said that Mexico was in bad shape with the pandemic and urged Mexico to be serious and set examples of preventions for its citizens. Other Latin American leaders including Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, Guatemala’s Alejandro Giammattei, Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández and Bolivia’s then-interim President Jeanine Ánéz also tested positive for Covid-19 but they all have recovered.