Mexican Presidential Spokesperson Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Mexican Presidential Spokesperson Jesus Ramirez Cuevas said that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 10.

“I report that I tested positive for COVID-19. I am in good health and I will be working from home following all the health protocols,” Cuevas stated in a tweet.

As the spokesperson for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Cuevas works closely with the 67-year-old president who often does not wear a mask.

On Jan. 10, Lopez Obrador, who has high blood pressure, went on a trip to tour the Pacific coast seaport of Manzanillo where he delivered a speech with no mask.

Cuevas’ positive result comes the same day Mexico reported its first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom.

Health authorities in the state of Tamaulipas reported its first case of the B.1.1.7 strain from a 56-year-old U.K. citizen who traveled from Amsterdam to Mexico where he then boarded a flight to Matamoros for a work assignment.

The man, who did not show any symptoms, took the test as a requirement from his company. After being tested, he has since been hospitalized.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has recorded 1,524,236 COVID-19 cases and 133,204 deaths nationwide.

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