Mexican president contracts COVID-19 for second time, symptoms ‘mild’

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses the nation on his second anniversary as President of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. REUTERS / Henry Romero // File Photo

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MEXICO CITY, Jan. 10 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Monday that he had contracted COVID-19 for the second time, saying he had a mild case and would continue to work so isolated until he recovered.

Lopez Obrador, 68, who also tested positive for COVID-19 in January of last year, looked hoarse during his morning press conference on Monday, prompting him to say he would take a test later in the day.

“Although the symptoms are mild, I will remain isolated and only do office work and communicate virtually,” until I recover, Lopez Obrador said in a tweet.

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The leftist leader, a former smoker who had a heart attack in 2013, also suffers from high blood pressure but his previous COVID-19 infection was mild, Mexican officials said. Lopez Obrador received a booster of the AstraZeneca vaccine on December 7.

For now, Home Secretary Adan Augusto Lopez will replace the president in his daily morning press conferences and other official acts, Lopez Obrador added.

Critics attacked the Mexican leader for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that he had downplayed its severity during the first phase of the health emergency.

He has also rarely been seen in public wearing a face mask, except on airplanes, and Mexico has imposed relatively few restrictions on travelers entering the country.

However, he placed great emphasis on the need for the public to be vaccinated against the virus, and almost the entire adult population of Mexico City has received at least two vaccines.

As the Omicron variant spreads, Mexico is seeing an increase in infections, with some of the largest increases occurring in states with resorts such as Cancun and Los Cabos, popular among visitors to the United States. and by the way.

Mexico, which has performed relatively few tests compared to other countries, broke its record for daily COVID-19 infections on Saturday by registering 30,671 new cases.

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Writing by Drazen Jorgic Editing by Dave Graham and Christian Schmollinger

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