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Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador tests positive for COVID-19

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has contracted COVID-19.

“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19,” Mr. López Obrador said on his official Twitter account.

The president, who has been criticised for his handling of the pandemic in Mexico, said he was undergoing medical treatment.

“The symptoms are mild… As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward,” he said.

Mr. López Obrador joins a growing list of world leaders to have contracted the virus, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, former US president Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Mexican leader has rarely been seen wearing a mask and has continued to keep up a busy travel schedule taking commercial flights.

He has resisted locking down the economy, noting the devastating effect it would have on so many Mexicans who live day to day.

Early in the pandemic, asked how he was protecting Mexico, Mr. López Obrador removed two religious amulets from his wallet and proudly showed them off.

“The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan,'” Mr. Lopez Obrador said, reading off the inscription on the amulet, “Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me.”

His announcement came shortly after news emerged that he would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, ABC News said.

There have been more than 1.7 million cases and 150,000 deaths from the virus in Mexico.

Its nextdoor neighbor, the US, remains the epicentre of the pandemic worldwide, with over 30 million positive cases and more than 417,000 deaths.

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