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Mexican President tests positive for Covid-19

January 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 26: President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during the Ayotzinapa case report at Palacio Nacional on September 26, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. On september 26 of 2014, 43 students of Isidro Burgos Rural School of Ayotzinapa disappeared in Iguala city after clashing with police forces. The students were accused of attempting the kidnap of buses to be used for protests. The government of former Mexican president Enrique Pe??a Nieto led an investigation which revealed that corrupt police officers kidnapped the students and then were handed to members of a drug cartel who killed them after a few hours. Known as the 'Verdad Historica' (Historical Truth) this version has been refuted by the current government to find evidence that proves what actually happened to the students. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for Covid-19, he said on Sunday evening.

(CNN)Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for Covid-19, he said on Sunday evening.

The President, who tweeted from his official Twitter account, said his symptoms are mild and that he was receiving medical treatment.

The President added that he would continue his duties from the Presidential Palace, which include conducting a planned phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine Monday.

For example, tomorrow I will take a call from President Vladimir Putin, because irrespective of friendly relationships, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine," Lopez Obrador said on Twitter.

Mexico is one of 17 countries in the world that has reported more than 1 million Covid-19 cases.

Newly confirmed deaths and cases have risen steadily throughout the country since early October, with recent daily numbers some of the highest since the beginning the pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has recorded at least 1,752,347 Covid-19 cases and 149,084 people have died from the virus in the country.

In hardest-hit Mexico City, nearly 30 public hospitals report they have reached 100% percent capacity, and many others are approaching that mark.

In December, Mexico City and the state of Mexico were placed into "red level," the highest measure on the country's stoplight alert system for Covid-19 restrictions.

Lopez Obrador, who rarely wears a mask, has faced widespread criticism over his handling of the pandemic.

Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates of any major country around the world and tests are often expensive and difficult to come by.

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