April 23 (Global Web Wire)- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) suspended a tour of the Yucatán peninsula on Sunday after addressing that he had tested positive for Covid-19, the third time he has contracted the disease.

Taking to his social media accounts, López Obrador conveyed that the situation was not grave, despite local reports alleging that he felt weak on Sunday morning, leading to the cancellation of his tour – a report that his presidential spokesman promptly denied.

The 69-year-old president, with a known history of heart-related issues, conveyed that he would remain in isolation for a few days in Mexico City. The President reassured the public about his health, stating that his heart was 100% alright, and that he was currently marking his son, Jesús Ernesto’s sixteenth birthday in the Mexican capital.

In early 2021, López Obrador had contracted Covid-19 and managed to make a full recovery following an experimental treatment. However, in January 2022, as the country witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases, the President announced that he had contracted the disease for the second time.

Throughout the pandemic, López Obrador remained firm on his stance against implementing a mandatory mask mandate, and refrained from using one even when it was most necessary, like during air travel. Furthermore, the President chose to sell Mexico’s presidential plane to the government of Tajikistan rather than use it.

Despite the President’s current predicament, his spokesperson, Jesus Ramirez, was noncommittal about whether López Obrador would return to the capital by commercial flight.

Meanwhile, as the President remains in isolation, the Interior Secretary, Adan Augusto Lopez, will be assuming his duties at the daily morning press conference.

Lopez’s stand-in appearance could prove a crucial boost to his lackluster campaign for the Presidential nomination by López Obrador’s Morena party in the 2024 elections. Lopez, who has no relation to the President, currently trails behind Claudia Sheinbaum, the head of government in Mexico City, in most polls.

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