Another World Leader Has COVID

'The symptoms are mild,' Mexico's Lopez Obrador says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2021 1:10 AM CST
Mexico's President Has COVID
In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Yet another world leader has tested positive for COVID-19. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday that he is being treated for a "mild" case of the virus, CNN reports. "I regret to inform you that I have contracted COVID-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already receiving medical treatment," he tweeted on Sunday night. "As always, I am optimistic. We will move forward." Lopez Obrador said he would continue his duties from the National Palace, including a Monday phone call with Vladimir Putin about the "possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine."

Mexico already has supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, but Lopez Obrador wasn't vaccinated. The AP reports that COVID infections and deaths are soaring in Mexico, which has now recorded more than 1.7 million infections and nearly 150,000 deaths. Lopez Obrador, who rarely wears a mask in public, has frequently been criticized for his handling of the pandemic and failure to set an example for virus prevention. On Friday, he tweeted a photo of himself at a table with three other people not wearing masks, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, taking a call from President Biden. Officials haven't said whether Ebrard has been tested. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.