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Another World Leader Has COVID

Newser — Rob Quinn

Yet another world leader has tested positive for COVID-19. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday that he is being treated for a "mild" case of the virus, CNN reports.

"I regret to inform you that I have contracted COVID-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already receiving medical treatment," he tweeted on Sunday night.

"As always, I am optimistic. We will move forward." Lopez Obrador said he would continue his duties from the National Palace, including a Monday phone call with Vladimir Putin about the "possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine."

Mexico already has supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, but Lopez Obrador wasn't vaccinated.

The AP reports that COVID infections and deaths are soaring in Mexico, which has now recorded more than 1.7 million infections and nearly 150,000 deaths.

Lopez Obrador, who rarely wears a mask in public, has frequently been criticized for his handling of the pandemic and failure to set an example for virus prevention.

On Friday, he tweeted a photo of himself at a table with three other people not wearing masks, including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, taking a call from President Biden.

Officials haven't said whether Ebrard has been tested.

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