© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador addresses to the nation on his second anniversary as President, on the Nationwide Palace in Mexico Metropolis


By Raul Cortes and Stefanie Eschenbacher

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated on Sunday he had examined optimistic for COVID-19, amid an intense second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed the well being system of the nation’s huge capital metropolis near saturation.

The 67-year-old president stated in a tweet that his signs have been mild and he was receiving medical therapy.

“As at all times, I’m optimistic,” stated Lopez Obrador, who has resisted sporting a face masks.

Lopez Obrador has been criticized for his dealing with of the pandemic, with a technique centered on rising hospital capability over testing and call tracing. The nation has shied away from obligatory lockdowns, as a substitute choosing a tiered system of restrictions to restrict the influence on the economic system. 

The well being ministry on Sunday reported 10,872 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances and 530 fatalities, bringing its totals to 1,763,219 infections and 149,614 deaths, the fourth-highest dying toll worldwide.

Hospitals in Mexico Metropolis are close to capability due to the surge in circumstances. The actual variety of contaminated folks and deaths is probably going considerably greater than the official rely, the well being ministry has stated.

Lopez Obrador stated on Twitter that his inside minister would run his common morning information convention in his absence.

“Happily, the president is secure in the intervening time, the signs are delicate,” stated Jose Luis Alomia Zegarra, a Mexican well being official, throughout a each day information convention held shortly after Lopez Obrador introduced his prognosis. “A workforce of medical specialists is attending to the well being of the president.”

Former president Felipe Calderon, a long-time opponent of Lopez Obrador, wished him effectively. “Sincerely, I want for the president’s fast restoration,” he stated on Twitter.

Lopez Obrador has maintained a busy public schedule through the pandemic and has stated he enjoys good well being, after struggling a critical coronary heart assault on the age of 60 in 2013.

Up to now few days he has travelled to occasions throughout the nation, together with one earlier on Sunday within the central state of San Luis Potosi. His day begins early with a gathering of his safety cupboard, adopted by a information convention beginning at 0700 on weekdays that usually runs to 2 hours or extra.

Lopez Obrador stated he would nonetheless maintain a scheduled name with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and control public affairs whereas receiving therapy.

Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard stated on Twitter the leaders’ would handle “the way forward for the bilateral relationship, in addition to the availability of Russian vaccines to Mexico”.

The federal government stated this month it goals to accumulate 12 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V, with the primary doubtlessly arriving as quickly as the approaching week.

Mexico goals to manage 7.4 million doses of Sputnik V by the tip of March, because the nation scrambles to rapidly safe as nice a provide of vaccines as attainable.

The Pfizer (NYSE:) vaccine is presently the one vaccine being administered in Mexico. The federal government has stated some doses of the Pfizer vaccine could possibly be delayed and personal firms shall be allowed to buy the medicine straight because the nation struggles to maintain rampant infections in test.

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