Mexico’s president tests positive for COVID-19

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19,” López Obrador tweeted. “The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward.”  

López Obrador confirmed that he will continue working following the diagnosis, including taking a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about obtaining doses of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. 

The vaccine has not been approved for use in Mexico, according to The Associated Press. The country has been distributing the Pfizer vaccine. 

A slate of world leaders has tested positive for COVID-19 amid the ongoing pandemic, including former President Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Monaco’s Prince Albert II.

Mexico has reported a surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the fall and winter, with more than 1.7 million coronavirus cases across the country. Mexico reported 20,057 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as well as 1,470 fatalities. 

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