Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has refused to put on a face masks, has examined optimistic for coronavirus days after eating with a number of the nation’s main industrialists.

“I’m sorry to tell you that I’ve caught Covid-19. The signs are mild however I’m having medical therapy. As ever, I’m optimistic. We’ll all get by means of this,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Mr López Obrador, 67, has been criticised for taking part in down the severity of the pandemic in Latin America’s second-biggest financial system. He has continued to carry conferences throughout the nation regardless of report deaths and infections in latest days.

Hospitals in Mexico Metropolis are nearly full and plenty of contaminated folks have struggled to acquire entry to oxygen tanks.

The Mexican chief follows different Covid-19 sceptics, corresponding to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Donald Trump within the US, in contracting the virus. At a information convention final 12 months, Mr López Obrador displayed an amulet that he mentioned protected him from the pandemic.

He mentioned he would nonetheless maintain a scheduled name with Vladimir Putin on Monday morning to debate procuring Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and bilateral ties.

The Mexican president mentioned he meant to proceed following public affairs from the Nationwide Palace, however that Olga Sánchez Cordero, the inside minister, would substitute him at his each day morning information convention.

Mr López Obrador, who suffered a coronary heart assault in 2013 and suffers from hypertension, has repeatedly despatched an upbeat message that Mexico was coping properly with the pandemic and has refused to implement lockdown measures, regardless of greater than 1.7m confirmed instances and nearly 150,000 deaths.

Mexico’s low testing price and high excess deaths level to a far bleaker image. Its rolling seven-day common of recent deaths, at 0.962 per 100,000, is greater than that of the US, with 0.935, and Brazil, at 0.474.

On Friday evening, Mr López Obrador spoke by telephone with US president Joe Biden and posted {a photograph} to Twitter of himself round a desk with Marcelo Ebrard, overseas minister, and former cupboard chief Alfonso Romo. Hugo López-Gatell, the nation’s coronavirus tsar, attended the president’s each day morning information convention on Friday.

On López Obrador additionally dined on Friday with eight senior enterprise leaders, in addition to Mr Romo, his financial system minister Tatiana Clouthier and Mr Ebrard in Monterrey, the nation’s enterprise capital.

An individual near the enterprise leaders mentioned none had displayed Covid signs they usually had been taking all precautions.

The president, who travels on commercial airlines, spent the weekend touring the states of Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí, the place he inaugurated Nationwide Guard installations and supervised welfare tasks.

José Luis Alomía, Mexico’s director-general of epidemiology, advised a each day Covid-19 information convention that “thankfully [Mr López Obrador] is steady, his indicators and signs are mild, he’s at residence” beneath the care of a multidisciplinary medical crew led by Jorge Alcocer, the well being minister.

Contact tracing of individuals with whom the president had been in touch was beneath means, he added. This month, Jesús Ramírez, the president’s press chief, examined optimistic for the virus.

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