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COVID-19: President of Mexico, Lopez, tests positive

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

Lopez, who took to his social media page to make the announcement, said his symptoms were mild.

He said, “I regret to inform you that I am infected with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already undergoing medical treatment,” the 67-year-old said in a message on social media.

“As always, I am optimistic. We will come through this together”.

The Mexican president, who is rarely seen wearing a mask in public, including at his daily news conferences, kept up most of his activities during the pandemic and continued his travels to different parts of the country.

Lopez came under heavy criticism for being slow to impose a lockdown at the start of the pandemic and for continuing to hold rallies and greet supporters with handshakes and hugs.

He stated that he would work from the presidential palace this week and assigned Interior Minister, Olga Sanchez, to represent him at his daily news conference while discussing about the about the possibility of Mexico acquiring the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

He added that he would wait until March, when people over the age of 65 are scheduled to be immunized, to get the jab himself.