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(CMR) Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has been criticized for rarely wearing a mask, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Lopez Obrador (67), who has also been criticized for his handling of Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak, said his symptoms were mild. On Sunday, he tweeted,
“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already undergoing medical treatment.”
Lopez Obrador was criticized for taking too long to impose a lockdown at the start of the pandemic and for continuing to hold rallies and greeting supporters with handshakes and hugs.
The President has rarely been seen wearing a mask and had shown two religious amulets in the past when he was asked how he was protecting Mexico.
“The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan. Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me',” the president reportedly read the inscription on one of the amulets.
The Mexican president resisted locking down the economy, stating that it would have a devastating effect on so many people financially.
Mexico, which now has 1,763,219 COVID-19 infections and 149,614 deaths, has the world’s fourth-highest toll after the United States, Brazil, and India.
More than 90 percent of hospital beds in Mexico City have been full due to soaring cases as the country experiences a second wave of the pandemic.