MISE À DAY
Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador resumed his almost daily press conference on Monday after a week in which he was treated for mild symptoms of his second infection with the battling COVID-19. records in his country.
“Everything went well. This is proof that this variant does not have the same severity as the previous variant,” said AMLO -his initials and his nickname. His country recorded a new record of 47,113 additional cases in 24 hours on Saturday.
Optimistic, the president repeated that “contagions were increasing, but not hospitalizations”.
“What helps is vaccination”, he stressed.
Mr. Lopez Obrador, 68, announced he tested positive on January 10, for the second time in just under a year, after receiving a booster dose of AstraZeneca in December.
< p>Mexico has a total of 4.36 million confirmed cases and 301,410 deaths, making it the fifth most affected country in absolute terms.
Faced with the arrival of Omicron and the new wave of infections, the government refused to take further restrictive measures.
Mexico is one of the few countries in the world where travelers arriving from abroad do not have to present either a vaccination passport or a negative test, but just have to fill in a vague health questionnaire.
Experts point out that the number of dead is in more important reality. The Ministry of Health itself recognizes an excess mortality of 655,062 people over the two pandemic years 2020 and 2021.