AMLO said that he is already under medical treatment, and for the moment, he only has mild symptoms. He added that the secretary (minister) of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, will represent him in his morning conferences.
Lamento informarles que estoy contagiado de COVID-19. Los síntomas son leves pero ya estoy en tratamiento médico. Como siempre, soy optimista. Saldremos adelante todos. Me representará la Dra. Olga Sánchez Cordero en las mañaneras para informar como lo hacemos todos los días.
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) January 25, 2021
The President announced that he would be attentive to all public affairs from the National Palace.
“For example, tomorrow I will attend a call with President Vladimir Putin because, regardless of friendly relations, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine.”
The President, 67, suffers from heart problems, and in 2013, he suffered a heart attack.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has discouraged the use of masks because he assures that there is no guarantee that they will prevent contagion.
According to him, this has been recommended by Hugo López-Gatell, in charge of the strategy against the pandemic. He has only appeared with a mask on commercial flights and during his meeting with former President Donald Trump.
In the almost 11 months since the first case of COVID-19 in Mexico, López Obrador has not suspended his tours of the country’s states. This weekend he was in San Luis Potosi and Nuevo León. He had breakfast with Clara Luz Flores, the candidate of his party, Morena, for the governorship of the state in an evident interference in the electoral process in the state.
— Clara Luz Flores (@claraluzflores) January 23, 2021
Several officials of his government, with whom he meets frequently, have tested positive for coronavirus, while the president has tested negative in the tests that he assures he performs every Tuesday.
On social networks, posts by those who doubt that the president has got COVID-19 have begun to appear. People are expressing doubt on digital platforms because they do not believe that López Obrador has not been vaccinated when Mexico boasted that it was the first Latin American nation that started the vaccination against the coronavirus.