MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-10. López Obrador said his symptoms are mild and that he is receiving medical treatment. López Obrador, 67, has continued to travel the country and attend public events even after a second wave of coronavirus infections hit the country last month. Mexico has suffered close to 150,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
“As always, I’m optimistic,” he said in a tweet. “We will all get through this.” López Obrador said he still intends to have a phone call Monday morning with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Mexico’s possible acquisition of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines. López Obrador said he will monitor government affairs from the National Palace in Mexico City, where he lives and performs most of his duties. Meanwhile, the Interior Minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, will preside over their morning press conferences. Mexico does not have a vice president who will formally take over his duties if the president becomes ill. López Obrador has at times downplayed the pandemic. Last year, he continued to hold rallies and hug his supporters as COVID spread across the country. But he eventually began to follow 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. Also popular on WSJ.com: Trump lobbied the Justice Department to go directly to the Supreme Court to overturn the election results. COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know When You Get the Shot.