The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who this Sunday tested positive for covid-19, has received both support and criticism after being diagnosed while on a work tour.
After his contagion became known, the news spread like wildfire on social networks, since the 67-year-old president has been criticized for months for not wearing masks and continuing, to a large extent, with an intense agenda around the country , which is at a critical time due to the pandemic.
A good part of his cabinet and members of his party, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), came out en bloc to wish a speedy recovery for the president.
“Mr. President López Obrador, we know of your strength and tenacious attitude in the face of adversity. Those of us who are part of the National Guard wish you a speedy recovery,” Luis Rodríguez Bucio, commander of that force, wrote on Twitter.
“My best wishes for the prompt reestablishment of our president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He will go forward,” published the Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard.
“Courage president! We wish you a speedy recovery. The people of Mexico are with you,” wrote Mario Delgado, president of Morena.
While the former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) also wished him “sincerely, a speedy recovery”, in line with members of the opposition such as the leader of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), Marko Cortés.
Former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), unusual in the networks and over whom the shadow of corruption hangs, lamented the disease and wished for a “satisfactory” recovery.
But as has been happening practically since he came to power in December 2018, this news has also divided opinions in networks, especially since the president was on a work tour this weekend, with several public events accompanied by members of his cabinet and of state politicians.
In this way, labels as different as #forzapresident, #pronta (recovery), #karma or #irresponsable have been placed in Twitter trends.
“(President) irresponsible. Hopefully life does us justice,” said one user.
“I am not going to be moved or sympathize with López Obrador for his contagion of covid. A miserable person does not deserve any consideration or respect,” wrote an anonymous user.
“And the ‘stop’?”, Said journalist José Cárdenas, critical of the official policy, in relation to the “protective shield” to which López Obrador once appealed to protect himself from the virus, generating much controversy.
Meanwhile, the ‘amlovers’, as the fervent defenders of the president are known, have sent him thousands of messages of support and criticized those who “profited” from the disease, leading the label #fuerza Presidente to lead the trends.
“The opposition shows its worst face: the most miserable of all. The most unworthy,” said a Twitter user.
“Knowing how to put aside differences and send a message of encouragement to the president speaks of the political maturity of many members of the opposition. The others only show their pettiness, vulgarity and low level of debate,” said another tweeter.
Finally, it was the social network Twitter itself – which the Mexican president recently accused of censorship – that warned that it does not tolerate messages that incite or express the desire that people or groups die or suffer “serious physical damage.”
Mexico accumulates 1.7 million patients and close to 150,000 deaths after a week in which three records of infections and daily deaths have been chained.
With these data, it is the fourth country in the world in number of deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to Johns Hopkins University.
THE LONG LIST OF GLOBAL LEADERS CONTAGED
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has refused to wear face masks in public since the beginning of the pandemic, announced this Sunday that he has covid-19 with “mild” symptoms, adding to a long list of infected world leaders .
Although he has not been as skeptical of the coronavirus as former US President Donald Trump or Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, López Obrador has questioned the usefulness of the mask and has resumed his tours throughout the country for months.
Last November, the 67-year-old Mexican president said that he does not wear a mask because it is not known “for sure” if it works and because he tries to keep a “distance” from other people.
However, in recent days he has been seen without a mask and in direct contact with some members of his cabinet, such as the foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard.
Other world leaders who have tested positive include:
– Albert II of Monaco: the 62-year-old head of state of the principality became the first world ruler infected by coronavirus in March. He passed a rigorous quarantine and officially overcame the disease on the last day of that month, after which he continued to respect the confinement then decreed in Monaco.
– Charles of England: the contagion of the first-born of Queen Elizabeth II, 71, was known on March 25, at the height of the pandemic. His wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, tested negative.
– Boris Johnson: The British Prime Minister (56 years old), widely criticized for the slow initial response of his Government to covid-19, was admitted on April 5 at St. Thomas Hospital in London, where he spent three nights in care intensive care before being discharged on the 12th of the same month, after which he thanked health professionals for having “saved his life” and urged citizens to stay at home.
– Mikhail Mishustin: The 54-year-old Russian prime minister announced on April 30 that he had tested positive for coronavirus, something that alarmed the government and led to especially protect the country’s president, Vladimir Putin.
– Juan Orlando Hernández: the president of Honduras (51 years old), became, on June 16, the first Latin American president affected by the disease, after testing positive together with his wife, Ana García.
– Nursultan Nazarbayev: The 79-year-old former president of Kazakhstan contracted covid-19 in June. He resigned in March 2019 after 30 years at the helm of the Central Asian nation, but maintains a prominent presence in Kazakh political life.
– Jair Bolsonaro: The 65-year-old president of Brazil, very skeptical about a disease that came to be described as “little flu”, tested positive on July 7 and was detained for twenty days. Since the pandemic began, he had defied the virus almost daily by circulating through the streets in full quarantine, attending public events without wearing a mask and hugging and kissing supporters without any care.
– Jenine Añez: the 53-year-old interim president of Bolivia reported on July 9 that she suffered from the disease.
– Silvio Berlusconi: The 84-year-old former Italian prime minister tested positive for coronavirus on September 2 after visiting Sardinia and remained hospitalized until the 14th of that month.
– Alejandro Giammattei: The 64-year-old president of Guatemala reported on September 18 that he had contracted Covid-19.
– Donald Trump: The US president and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for covid-19 on October 2. Shortly after, Trump, 74, was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he remained for three days.
The American was very skeptical about the disease, he had been very reluctant to wear a mask and even asked his followers to drink disinfectant to heal, which finally caused more than a hundred intoxicated by following the instructions of the president.
– Emmanuel Macron: The 43-year-old French president tested positive for COVID-19 on December 17 and isolated himself at the La Lanterne residence, near the Palace of Versailles, where he passed the disease with mild symptoms.
– Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: The 72-year-old Portuguese president tested positive on January 11 and remained asymptomatic.
– Armen Sarkisián: The President of Armenia was hospitalized on January 13 with double pneumonia and high fever after testing positive for the coronavirus.