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Mexican President Tests Positive For COVID-19

MEXICO CITY — Like former president Donald Trump, Mexico’s president has been criticized for favoring the economy instead of measures to stop the pandemic, as well as for not following health protocols. But on Sunday, the president revealed that he has contracted COVID-19.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has appeared to ignore the coronavirus’s impact  by not wearing face masks, holding massive gatherings and providing recommendations without any scientific evidence.

Last year, the president said that the COVID-19 can be avoided by not lying, stealing and betraying. He also said a Catholic amulet in his wallet protects him.

On Sunday, the president tweeted that his symptoms are mild, and that he’s under medical supervision. 

López Obrador had his first phone call with president Joe Biden last Friday. One of the issues discussed was building a binational strategy to face the pandemic.

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.