Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on Sunday he has examined optimistic for COVID-19, however that his signs had been delicate and he felt “optimistic”.
“I remorse to tell you that I’m contaminated with COVID-19. The signs are delicate, however I’m already present process medical therapy,” he mentioned in a Twitter publish.
“As all the time, I’m optimistic. We’ll come by way of this collectively,” he mentioned.
Lopez Obrador, 67, has been criticised for his dealing with of Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak, together with for taking too lengthy to impose a lockdown firstly of the pandemic and for persevering with to carry rallies and greet supporters with handshakes and hugs. He has additionally hardly ever been seen carrying a masks.
In March final yr, requested how he was defending Mexico, Lopez Obrador eliminated two spiritual amulets from his pockets and proudly confirmed them off.
“The protecting defend is the ‘Get thee behind me, Devil’,” the president mentioned, studying off the inscription on the amulet, “Cease, enemy, for the Coronary heart of Jesus is with me.”
Then in July, he mentioned: “I’ll placed on a masks. You understand when? When there’s no corruption”.
The Mexican president has additionally resisted locking down the economic system, noting the devastating impact it could have on so many individuals who reside everyday.
Mexico is within the grip of a second wave of the pandemic and has the world’s fourth-highest toll after the USA, Brazil and India. The capital, Mexico Metropolis, has been in a state of most alert since mid-December, with greater than 90 % of hospital beds full on account of hovering circumstances.
The well being ministry on Sunday reported 10,872 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances and 530 fatalities, bringing its totals to 1,763,219 infections and 149,614 deaths.
The true variety of contaminated folks and deaths is prone to be considerably larger than the official rely, officers say.
In November, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Well being Group, urged Mexico’s leaders to be extra critical concerning the coronavirus and set an instance for its residents, saying that “Mexico is in unhealthy form” with the pandemic.
He didn’t title Lopez Obrador, however mentioned: “We want to ask Mexico to be very critical.”
“Now we have mentioned it normally, carrying a masks is necessary, hygiene is necessary and bodily distancing is necessary and we anticipate leaders to be examples,” he added.
Because the pandemic grew, Lopez Obrador did start limiting attendance to his occasions and sustaining his distance from supporters. However he continued his travels to totally different elements of the nation and on Friday visited the northern state of San Luis Potosi.
Jose Luis Alomia Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, informed reporters on Sunday that Lopez Obrador had a “gentle” case of COVID-19 and was “isolating at dwelling”.
“A crew of medical specialists is attending to the well being of the president,” he added.
Lopez Obrador mentioned on Twitter that his Inside Minister Inside Minister Olga Sanchez would run his common morning information convention in his absence.
He additionally mentioned that he would participate in a phone name with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about the potential for Mexico buying the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.
Mexico started a mass immunisation programme on December 24 utilizing the coronavirus vaccine developed by US medication big Pfizer and its German accomplice BioNTech.
It has additionally authorised the shot developed by AstraZeneca and the College of Oxford.
As of Sunday night time, Mexico had given practically 630,000 doses of vaccine.
Lopez Obrador has mentioned that he would wait till March when folks over the age of 65 are scheduled to be immunised.