Reuters.- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during his daily morning press conference on Thursday, July 23rd, that he had lost relatives to the novel coronavirus, which has so far claimed more lives in Mexico than in all but three other countries worldwide.
Lopez Obrador, who has at times has faced heavy criticism for his handling of the pandemic, was asked during a regular news conference about media reports that one of his cousins was hospitalized after contracting coronavirus.
“Yes. Yes, I do have relatives who are ill. Unfortunately, relatives have also lost their lives,” he said.
Lopez Obrador, who has upset critics with his reluctance to wear a face mask, did not say which of his relatives had died from COVID-19.
At the start of the pandemic, Lopez Obrador downplayed its severity, encouraging people to hug each other and to keep going out. He later changed tack, but critics fear the government is reopening the economy before it has the virus under control.
Mexico has reported more than 360,000 coronavirus infections, the seventh highest case count globally, and more than 41,000 deaths. It has the world’s fourth highest death toll, after the United States, Brazil and Britain.
Lopez Obrador has criticized news media for reporting Mexico’s rise up the ranks of the world’s most hard-hit countries, saying the death toll per capita is a more fair representation.
more recommended stories
Man dies after falling from a ten-meter mango tree in Valladolid, Yucatán
Valladolid, Yucatan; June 21, 2021 (ACOM).- A.
March in Campeche to support the LGBTI community
Campeche, Campeche., (June 21, 2021).- A.
Penetrating sargassum smell keeps customers away from restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Playa de Carmen, Quintana Roo., (June.
The US extends travel restrictions on its borders with Canada and Mexico until July 21
MÉXICO, (June 21, 2021).- The border.
Clandestine garbage dumps detected in the Yucatan cenote ring
YUCATÁN, (June 21, 2021).- The Sustainable.
CFE substation in Playa del Carmen is vandalized and 11 thousand users are left without electricity
Playa del Carmen, (June 21, 2021).-.
Sunday, June 20: SSY Yucatán reports 233 new Covid cases and 9 deaths
Mérida, Yucatán, (June 21, 2021).- The.
This is how Father’s Day was celebrated by local athletes in the Yucatan
Mérida, Yucatán, (June 21, 2021).- Father’s.
Two new strains of Covid-19 circulate in Yucatán: the Brazilian and the Californian
Mérida, Yucatán, (June 21, 2021).- As.
Border crisis: Illegal immigration and fentanyl seizures continue
The Biden administration has been facing a.