President of Mexico has COVID-19, but with mild symptoms

Archive image. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador attends a press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico. June 7, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) -Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday that he suffers from COVID-19, albeit with “mild” symptoms, the second time in nearly a year that he has experienced the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The president had presented indications of what he considered earlier a flu but said that a test would be carried out during the day to detect the disease, at a time when the country is going through the fourth wave of the pandemic.

“I inform you that I am infected with COVID19 and although the symptoms are mild, I will remain in isolation and will only do office work and communicate virtually until I get ahead,” the president wrote on Twitter.

The first time that López Obrador, 68, was infected with COVID-19 was at the end of January of last year.

Mexico is the fifth country in the world with the most deaths due to the pandemic and last week it exceeded 300,000 deaths and four million cases.

(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Edited by Diego Oré)

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