for the second time| Photo: EFE/EPA/Presidency of Mexico
The president of the Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 68 years old , announced this Monday that he tested positive for Covid-19, for the second time in almost a year, in a test performed after showing up with the flu at the usual daily press conference.
“I inform you that I have Covid-19 and although the symptoms are mild, I will remain isolated and will only do office work and communicate virtually until I get better,” he said in a message on social media.
In early December, the Mexican head of state, who has the complete vaccine cycle, received a booster dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
) The representative explained that in the n the next few days, the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López, will participate in the morning press conferences held from Monday to Friday.
López Obrador, who suffers from hypertension and had a heart attack in 2013, has already had this disease before, in January 2021. In the same month, on the day 24, he announced that he was infected and returned to work on Feb 8.
On that occasion, the president, always very active, was confined to the National Palace and the health authorities chose to keep his clinical condition a secret, limiting themselves to saying that he was almost “asymptomatic”, which led to all kinds of rumors. .
Later, on February 5, López Obrador himself announced that had recovered from the disease, but was waiting for a medical report before reappearing, on the 8th of the same month.
The official received several criticisms from experts and opponents for the management of the pandemic in Mexico. In his third government report, López Obrador boasted of “controlling the pandemic”, although Mexico has already surpassed 4 million cases and 300 a thousand deaths, the fifth highest number in the world.
This Monday, the Mexican president appeared at the press conference with flu-like symptoms, a week after having been in contact with the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, who tested positive on Friday. .
Last Friday, López Obrador refused to do the test because, according to him, he had no symptoms, although the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the opposite.
“I don’t have symptoms, the truth is that I’m doing very well. When you have symptoms, that’s when you have to get tested,” the president said last week. Despite the suspicion of contagion, the representative was not wearing a mask and continued his morning speech.Mexico is going through a wave of contagions after Christmas and due to the arrival of the Ômicron variant. Last Saturday, the country recorded a record of 30.660 new cases of covid- in one day. The day before, the mark of 68 a thousand deaths caused by the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
So far, according to data from the Ministry of Health, Mexico totals 4.68.380 cases of Covid-
, between them 300.334 deaths, and has already applied 214,94 million doses of vaccine against the disease.11091617
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.