Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for COVID-19, Politico reports.
“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19,” the 67-year-old president announced Sunday on Twitter. Although López Obrador receives testing weekly for the virus, he has declined to be vaccinated, saying he doesn’t want to jump ahead of health workers.
“I am optimistic”
López Obrador said that he is being treated for the virus, but that so far he has experienced mild symptoms.
“The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment,” López Obrador tweeted. “As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward.”
Senior health official José Luis Alomia Zegarra said Sunday that López Obrador was in stable condition.
The president said to expect an update on his condition from Dr. Olga Sánchez Cordero on Monday. In a subsequent tweet, he said that he will continue to keep an eye on public affairs.
“I will be aware of public affairs from the National Palace,” he wrote. Until he is recovered, Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero will be representing the president in his daily news conferences, reports noted.
López Obrador’s positive diagnosis comes at a time when Mexico is experiencing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, Breitbart reports. The latest figures provided by the government indicate that the country of over over 130 million has recorded over 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 146,000 COVID-19 deaths.
López Obrador confirmed on Twitter that he will still be speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to try to make a deal for doses of the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine, known as Sputnik V. Last year, López Obrador said he would try and acquire 12 million doses of the vaccine if it proved effective, the BBC reported.
“For example, tomorrow I will take a call with President Vladimir Putin because, regardless of friendly relations, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine,” Obrador wrote.
According to the Associated Press, Mexico is “desperate to fill supply gaps” from the Pfizer vaccine which has distributed only half the amount of vaccines to the country that Mexico was originally expecting.
Mexico, which is the first Latin American country to begin coronavirus vaccinations, has distributed nearly 630,000 doses of vaccine as of Sunday night, the AP reported.