The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 68, announced this Monday that he has tested positive for covid-19, for the second time in almost a year, after a test that was carried out after appear with flu symptoms at his usual daily press conference.
“I inform you [de] that I am infected with # COVID19 and although symptoms are mild, I will remain in isolation and I will only do office work and I will communicate virtually until I get ahead, “he reported in a message on social networks.
I inform you that I am infected with #COVID19 And although the symptoms are mild, I will remain in isolation and will only do office work and communicate virtually until I get ahead.
– Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) January 11, 2022
At the beginning of December, the Mexican head of state, who had his complete scheme, received a booster dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The president explained that during the next few days the Secretary of the Interior, Adam Augusto López, You will attend the morning press conferences offered Monday through Friday.
The Mexican president, who suffer from hypertension and had a heart attack In 2013, he had already suffered from the disease before, in January 2021.
On January 24, 2021, López Obrador announced that he was infected and returned to his activities on February 8.
On that occasion, the president, always very active, confined himself to the National Palace and the health authorities opted for keep your clinical status secret and they limited themselves to saying that he was almost “asymptomatic”, which led to all kinds of rumors.
Later, on February 5, López Obrador himself announced that I had already overcome the disease, but he waited for a medical check-up to reappear on February 8.
At that time, as López Obrador himself explained, he was treated by a team led by the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, and made up of an internist, a cardiologist, a doctor from the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER), a military doctor of the Army and two of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán.
López Obrador has received numerous criticisms from experts and opponents due to the management of the pandemic in Mexico.
In his third government report, López Obrador boasted of “pandemic control” of covid-19, although Mexico has already exceeded 4 million cases and 300,000 deaths, the fifth highest figure in the world.
This Monday, the Mexican president appeared at his conference with symptoms of a cold, this a week after having been in contact with the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, who tested positive on Friday.
López Obrador had a raspy voice during his usual morning conference on Monday, something that caught the attention of journalists, who asked him about his health.
“Yes … I woke up hoarse, I’m going to take the test later, but I think it’s the flu “, minimized the president.
Last Friday, the Mexican president refused to take the test, Because, as he clarified, he did not present symptoms, despite the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends otherwise.
“I do not have symptoms, the truth is that I am very well, when one has symptoms is when it is necessary to take the test”, indicated the president last week.
Despite the suspicion of contagion, President López Obrador did not wear a mask and continued his speech morning together with the attorney (prosecutor) of the consumer Ricardo Sheffield, who also did not wear a mask.
This day, the head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), María Luisa Albores, He also reported that he had tested positive to covid-19.
Wave of contagions
Mexico is experiencing a wave of infections after Christmas and with the arrival of the omicron variant, and last Saturday the country registered a new daily record of infections with 30,671 cases of covid-19.
In addition, the country surpassed the number of 300,000 dead officers for the covid-19.
Until now, Mexico accumulates, according to data from the Ministry of Health (SSa) of Mexico, a total of 4,125,388 cases, in addition to 300,334 total deaths and progresses in its vaccination campaign in which it has applied 151.94 million doses in just over a year.
In Mexico, the third dose has already been applied to those over 60 years of age since the beginning of December, despite the fact that full coverage has not been achieved none of the rest of the age groups.