The undersecretary of Health Promotion and Prevention of Mexico, Hugo López-Gatell, reported this Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19. “I publicly share that I have COVID-19. I started with symptoms last night, fortunately they are mild, ” said the official on his official Twitter account.
The tsar against the coronavirus in Mexico confirmed that the antigen test was positive and is awaiting the PCR. “I will be working from home, pending the vaccination strategy,” he said.
López-Gatell unleashed the controversy in early January when some images emerged in which he was seen relaxing on a beach in the state of Oaxaca, in the Mexican Pacific, without a mask, in the midst of a wave of infections and while asking the population to stay home. Previously, on December 31, he was caught on a plane bound for Huatulco where he was not wearing a mask either.
Last Wednesday, the Mexican Minister of Defense, General Luis Cresencio Sandoval, 61, also announced his coronavirus infection, although he did not clarify his status and limited himself to explaining that he will work from home “under medical treatment.”
In addition to Sandoval, López-Gatell and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of the country, the secretaries of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos, have already contracted COVID-19; Energy, Rocío Nahle; Finance and Public Credit, Arturo Herrera; Public Function, Irma Eréndira Sandoval; Communications and Transportation, Jorge Díaz; Marina, Rafael Ojeda; and Security, Rosa Icela Rodríguez.
They arrest six people who sold alleged vaccines against COVID-19 in northern Mexico. In addition to the infected ministers, the positive of the president forced the Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, the Mexican strategist against the pandemic, Hugo López-Gatell, and Ebrard to be confined at the end of January.
López Obrador, contrary to the use of a mask, tested positive for coronavirus on January 24 after a tour of the north of the country , although according to official reports he never had more than a mild fever and a slight headache.
The president was confined for two weeks in the National Palace, where he dispatches work matters and resides, a period in which his public appearances were limited to one photo and two videos published on his social media profiles.
Despite the contagion, the Mexican president still does not wear a mask and the members of his cabinet tend not to wear it in his presence, as happened this Tuesday at the conference attended by General Sandoval.
Mexico received this Saturday the first shipment of 200,000 CoronaVac vaccines against the coronavirus from China, as confirmed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
“The 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrived from Hong Kong,” confirmed the official through his personal Twitter account and explained that, starting this Saturday, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines will be applied in Mexico.
The politician reiterated that in the coming weeks a total of 10 million doses of this vaccine will arrive.
As of Friday, in Mexico 1,574,158 vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered but only 418,931 people have received the two doses necessary to achieve immunity.
The country, with 126 million inhabitants, has committed 34.4 million doses from the American Pfizer, 79.4 from the British AstraZeneca, 35 from the Chinese CanSino, 24 from the Russian Sputnik V, 10 from the Chinese Sinovac and 51.4 from the Covax platform of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The country accumulates almost 179,000 deaths and more than two million infections, according to data from NBC News, Telemundo’s sister network.
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