The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, confirmed this Saturday that he tested positive for Covid-19, after having presented “mild symptoms.”
“I publicly share that I have Covid-19. I started with symptoms yesterday (Friday) at night, fortunately they are mild. The antigen test was positive and I am waiting for the PCR. I will be working from home, pending the vaccination strategy” The 51-year-old Mexican anti-covid czar wrote on his Twitter account.
On February 17, the head of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, announced that he also tested positive for Covid-19 and that he will continue with his functions in confinement from home.
The 61-year-old Secretary of National Defense attended the morning conference on Tuesday, February 16, to report on progress in the distribution of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines for the second stage of vaccination for adults older than 60 years and over in the 32 states.
That day, in the National Palace Treasury room, Sandoval González found himself in the company of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard; the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer; the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell and members of the press.
Other high-ranking federal officials who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and who have recovered satisfactorily are the Secretaries of the Navy, Rafael Ojeda Guzmán; of Energy, Rocío Nanhle; from the Public Function, Irma Eréndida Sandoval; of Tourism, Miguel Torruco; of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula; and from the Treasury, Arturo Herrera. President López Obrador himself tested positive in January and after two weeks of confinement, the president resumed his public activities on February 8.
Likewise, governors and municipal presidents have faced the Covid-19 disease that has caused 2 million 030,491 infections in Mexico, according to official figures reported on Friday and 178,965 deaths.