Mexico’s coronavirus czar tests positive for Covid-19

Lopez Gatell (above) has spearheaded Mexico’s response to coronavirus.
Lopez Gatell (above) has spearheaded Mexico’s response to coronavirus.PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (BLOOMBERG) – 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 on Friday, and he plans to continue working from home for now.

Lopez-Gatell speaks regularly at press conferences on Covid developments, including Mexico’s vaccine strategy, and oversaw President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s recent recovery from the virus.

Mexico’s Covid 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 two million total cases and nearly 180,000 deaths.

Some of Mexico’s most prominent people have contracted and recovered from Covid, including the billionaire businessman Carlos Slim, Latin America’s richest man.