The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, released a video Friday in which he claims to have “overcome the critical stage” after being tested positive for COVID-19.
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The president’s last official appearance was on Monday, when the presidency released two photos of the head of state talking on the phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
“I still have symptoms of COVID, but doctors tell me the critical stage has already passed. Now I introduce myself to you so that there are no rumors […]. I’m fine, even if I still have to rest, ”said the manager in the recording released on social networks.
“Of course I worked, I was very aware of all public affairs, and very aware in particular of the pandemic,” added Lopez Obrador who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
In this video, he announced that six million doses of different COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in Mexico in February.
Lopez Obrador, 67, who has high blood pressure and suffered a heart attack in 2013, has been criticized for downplaying the scope of the outbreak.
He rarely used a mask, like last July, when he visited then-US President Donald Trump in Washington.
Mexico began vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19 as early as December 24. The president, however, said he will wait his turn, in March, as the official calendar provides.
A country of 126 million inhabitants, Mexico recorded 1.8 million cases of COVID-19 on Friday for 156,579 deaths.