Mexican President López Obrador, 68, posts online video to say that his mild Omicron infection proves that the COVID variant is not as lethal as Delta
- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador address the nation Thursday and said the Omicron strain of COVID-19 was not lethal as the Delta variant
- The leftist leader tested positive Monday, hours after he appeared at his daily press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City
- He said he could 'verify in my own flesh now that this variant of COVID does not have the lethality, the danger, of the previous variant, of the so-called Delta'
- Mexico has seen a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the new year, registering 202,681 infections from January 7 to January 13
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has claimed that he is living proof that the Omicron COVID-19 strain is not as lethal as the Delta variant.
The 68-year-old leader made the claim in a video that aired Thursday morning while he remained in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier during the week.
'I am getting over COVID. And I also want to share this information with you because I consider that it is quite encouraging to be able to verify in my own flesh now that this variant of COVID does not have the lethality, the danger, of the previous variant, of the so-called Delta,' López Obrador said from his presidential office at the National Palace in Mexico City.
The president tested positive Monday hours after he appeared before the media at the National Palace and downplayed the severity of the Omicron variant, indicating it was only 'a little COVID.'
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed the country on Thursday, three days after he became infected with COVID-19 for the second time since January 2021, and claimed that it was 'quite encouraging to be able to verify in my own flesh now that this (Omicron) variant of COVID does not have the lethality, the danger, of the previous variant, of the so-called Delta
A boy undergoes a rapid test to detect COVID-19 in Mexico City on Thursday
López Obrador, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in January 2021, said he was infected with the Omicron strain that was first reported in South Africa on November 24, 2021.
The leftist leader, who in the past neglected the use of face masks, compared the Omicron variant's symptoms to those of a common cold.
He said he no longer had any symptoms associated with the virus and that he never had fever or issues with his oxygen level.
Residents in Mexico City wait on line at a COVID-19 testing center in the Mexico City neighborhood of Juárez
Medical personnel inoculates a teacher with a booster shot of the Moderna vaccine in Mexico
A woman undergoes a rapid test for the coronavirus in the Mexico City municipality of Iztapalapa on Thursday
'It is still a pandemic, but I think that with this new variant there are not many risks,' López Obrador said. 'Hospitalizations are not going to increase. There are, but they are not increasing much. And most importantly: we will not have more deaths.'
According to Johns Hopkins University data, Mexico placed fifth in the world with 300,912 confirmed deaths as of Friday.
The country is 15th in the globe with 4,257,776 cases.
Mexico has seen a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the new year, registering 202,681 infections from January 7 to January 13
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday that the government is expecting a delivery of nearly 27 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses in the coming weeks.
At least 72.8 million people were fully vaccinated in Mexico as of January 1, according science publication Our World in Data. At least 81.1 million people have at least gotten one dose of the jab.