Mexican president says he tested positive for COVID-19

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-10. López Obrador said his symptoms were mild and he was receiving medical treatment.

López Obrador, 67, continued to travel across the country and attend public events even after a second wave of coronavirus infections hit the country in the past month. Mexico has suffered nearly 150,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.

“As always, I’m optimistic,” he said. said in a tweet. “We’re all going to get through this.”

López Obrador said he still intends to hold a phone call on Monday morning with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss Mexico’s possible acquisition of Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines.

López Obrador said he will keep an eye on government affairs from the National Palace in Mexico City, where he lives and performs most of his duties. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero will chair her morning press conferences. Mexico does not have a vice president who would officially assume the duties if the president fell ill.

López Obrador has at times downplayed the pandemic. Last year, he continued to hold rallies and hug supporters as COVID spread across the country. But he eventually began taking the advice of Hugo López-Gatell, the top health official in charge of Mexico’s response to the pandemic.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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