Mexico’s coronavirus czar tests positive for COVID-19
By PATRICK GILLESPIE | Bloomberg News | Published: February 20, 2021
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(Tribune News Service) — Mexican Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, known as the nation’s coronavirus czar, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet.
Lopez-Gatell says he’s dealing with mild symptoms that began Friday, and he plans to continue working from home for now.
Lopez-Gatell speaks regularly at press conferences on COVID-19 developments, including Mexico’s vaccine strategy, and oversaw President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s recent recovery from the virus.
Mexico’s virus czar got embroiled in controversy earlier this year when he took a vacation to the beach resort of Huatulco despite urging citizens to stay at home. Lopez Obrador defended him amid the criticism.
According to official data, Mexico has reported over 2 million total cases and nearly 180,000 deaths.
Some of Mexico’s most prominent people have contracted and recovered from COVID-19, including the billionaire businessman Carlos Slim, Latin America’s richest man.
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