Mexico’s Interior Minister Adan Augusto López takes over the Presidential press conference temporarily

As Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced Monday, he has been temporarily replaced by Interior Minister Adan Augusto López at his usual morning press conference.

The President said Monday that he had Covid-19 for a second time and is “doing well without serious symptoms” as the hard-hit country battles another wave of infections. 

“I inform you that I am infected with Covid-19 and although the symptoms are mild, I will remain in isolation and will only do office work and communicate virtually until I get through it,” he tweeted.

Yesterday, the president appeared in front of journalists without a face mask speaking with a hoarse voice, and said he believed he had the flu but planned to get tested for Covid-19 just in case.

Some social media users wished Lopez Obrador a speedy recovery, while others criticized him for being reckless.

Lopez Obrador overcame a first bout of Covid-19 in early 2021 and received the AstraZeneca vaccine including a booster on December 7, 2021.

On Friday, Mexico’s official Covid-19 death toll — the fifth highest in the world — surpassed 300,000, although daily fatalities remain far lower than during previous waves.

The real figure is believed to be much higher due to the low level of testing.

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