By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Jan. 11, 2021: Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is COVID-19 positive again.
The President said he tested positive for the coronavirus again amid the latest wave of infections in the country fueled by the Omicron variant.
Lopez Obrador, who overcame the first bout of COVID-19 in early 2021, announced on Monday that he had tested positive for the virus and was experiencing mild symptoms.
The positive result came shortly after two of Lopez Obrador’s cabinet secretaries, the heads of the environment and economy departments, reported they had also tested positive for the virus.
“I inform you that I am infected with COVID-19 and although the symptoms are mild, I will remain in isolation and will only do office work and communicate virtually until I get through it,” tweeted Lopez Obrador, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine booster shot in December last year.
The announcement came hours after the 68-year-old president spoke to journalists during a news conference without wearing a mask while complaining of congestion he said was likely the flu. This has prompted accusations of irresponsible behavior.
Lopez Obrador has downplayed the highly contagious Omicron variant, which he has referred to as “a little COVID” and has pointed to relatively low hospital admissions and deaths despite spiking cases that increased by 186 percent last week.