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Mexican President Prepares Tour While Pandemic Spreads

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Mexican government
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus should be voluntary during his morning press conference on April 15, 2020.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s cases of coronavirus and deaths related to it are still increasing by hundreds. But the president decided to start touring around the country again on June 1, mainly to supervise and inaugurate state projects.  

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says it’s time for him to travel and begin the new normal, despite reports of severe levels of infection in the country.

The president will visit Mexico’s southeast, including Cancún, a tourism destination severely damaged economically by the pandemic.

But his main goal is to supervise the construction of an interstate tourist train, one of his administration’s signature projects.

López Obrador says it’s very important for him to kick off the train project, as it will bring more jobs to the area. 

But critics say the construction follows a questionable bidding process and will hurt archaeological and natural areas.

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Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.