By Frank Jack Daniel
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador first felt the onset of COVID-19 on Sunday and was examined after returning to the capital on a commercial flight from an occasion in central Mexico, his spokesman stated on Tuesday.
The 67-year outdated president stated on Sunday night he was contaminated with the coronavirus, simply hours after taking the Aeromexico flight, elevating concern concerning the extent of potential exposures.
Spokesman Jesus Ramirez stated that passengers on the flight had been being contacted, and that journalists touring with the president had been advisable to isolate.
The pandemic is worsening in Mexico. Hospitals within the capital are near saturation, and residents are scrambling to seek out provides of medical oxygen. With greater than 152,000 deaths formally registered, it has the fourth-highest toll worldwide and fatalities are anticipated to overhaul India inside days.
People who met with Lopez Obrador’s entourage throughout a 3 day tour on the weekend included company bosses and his former chief-of-staff, Alfonso Romo.
Lopez Obrador had felt chills on the finish of the occasion within the central metropolis of San Luis Potosi, however believed it was not more than a chilly, Ramirez advised Reuters. The signs had been stronger as soon as he was again in Mexico City, Ramirez stated.
Ramirez advised a nationwide radio station earlier within the week that Lopez Obrador felt congested on Saturday whereas within the industrial metropolis of Monterrey, and took a test there. However, he advised Reuters on Tuesday that info was incorrect.
Mexico has a tiered system that avoids obligatory lockdowns. Authorities in Mexico City, which is within the strictest purple tier, say folks mustn’t journey or go away residence except mandatory, however doesn’t prohibit such actions.
Mexican well being officers have stated they’re contacting individuals who could have been close to the president.
Several prime officers, together with Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the general public face of Mexico’s coronavirus technique, stated they had been self-isolating. Others, together with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, introduced that they had examined unfavourable for the virus however are anticipated to take new assessments this week.
Lopez Obrador has saved up his energy and is recovering effectively, Interior Minister Olga Sanchez stated on Tuesday.
“I can tell you he’s strong and is even intervening in some of the most important decisions,” she stated whereas subbing for Lopez Obrador at a daily authorities information convention.
His sometimes energetic Twitter account was quiet, sharing solely a hyperlink to the morning information convention by the afternoon.
Lopez Obrador has been holding digital conferences, together with a Monday name with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the occasion that Lopez Obrador, who has a historical past of hypertension and coronary heart issues, can’t perform his duties whereas in workplace, the Mexican structure states that Sanchez would assume the presidency in his absence.
Congress would then vote on an interim successor inside sixty days who would stay in workplace till the tip of Lopez Obrador’s time period in 2024.