Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
He disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Sunday.
“I am sorry to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19.
“The symptoms are light, but I am getting medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will carry on,” he wrote.
The leftwing populist is rarely seen wearing a mask in public, including at his daily news conferences, and has kept up most of his activities during the pandemic.
Lopez Obrador has continued his travels to different parts of the country and on Friday visited the northern state of San Luis Potosi.
He was criticized for being slow to impose a lockdown at the start of the pandemic and for continuing to hold rallies and greet supporters with handshakes and hugs.
Lopez Obrador suffered a heart attack in 2013 and underwent angioplasty. He also suffers from hypertension — a risk factor for Covid-19.
He joins other world leaders, including former US president, Donald Trump; Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro; and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who have caught the virus.
Mexico has officially registered more than 1.75 million coronavirus cases and nearly 150,000 deaths — the world’s fourth-highest toll after the United States, Brazil and India.
Mexico City has been in a state of maximum alert since mid-December, with more than 90 per cent of hospital beds full due to soaring infections. Non-essential activities have been suspended in the capital.
Additional reporting from AFP