Mexican president tests positive for Covid-19

Written By: BBC

The leader says he is "optimistic" and is receiving medical treatment. Photo Reuters

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced he has tested positive for Covid-19.

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The 67-year-old said on Twitter that his symptoms were mild and that he was “optimistic” following the diagnosis.

The development comes as Mexico grapples with an upsurge in infections, with deaths nearing 150,000.

Mr López Obrador says he will continue working from home, including speaking to President Vladimir Putin about acquiring a Russian-made vaccine.

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Mexico has not yet approved the jab for use, but officials want to expand the country’s vaccination program for the population of 128 million people amid delivery delays from Pfizer-BioNTech.

Sputnik V has already received authorisation in a number of other countries, including Brazil and Argentina. Hungary became the first in the EU to give it the green light this week.

Mexico has recorded more than 1.75m virus cases since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University tracking.

The nation’s confirmed death toll of 149,614 is one of the highest in the world – behind only the US, Brazil and India.

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