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Mexico’s president admits he briefly fainted on account of COVID-19 Lalrp

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president acknowledged Wednesday he did “briefly faint” over the weekend earlier than he was identified with COVID-19, one thing his spokesman had beforehand denied.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned his docs had been involved sufficient to manage a liter of rehydration fluids. He mentioned in a videotaped chat from the Nationwide Palace in Mexico Metropolis — the place he lives and is isolating — that docs wished to fly him again to the capital in a stretcher.

López Obrador had been on a working tour of the Yucatan peninsula Sunday when he examined optimistic for the coronavirus, his third bout of COVID-19.

However he wrote in his social media accounts Sunday that “it isn’t critical.”

Experiences within the native press that day mentioned López Obrador had felt faint Sunday morning and needed to cancel his tour, one thing his presidential spokesman denied on the time.

However on Wednesday, the president acknowledged that it “had turn out to be difficult … I had a disaster, as a result of my blood stress all of the sudden went down” throughout a gathering with army engineers engaged on his pet mission, a vacationer practice on the Yucatan peninsula.

“It was like I fell asleep,” he mentioned. “I didn’t lose consciousness, however I did briefly faint, due to the low blood stress.”

The president mentioned he was flown again to Mexico Metropolis aboard an “air ambulance,” however specified he was not carried in a stretcher.

López Obrador, 69, who has acknowledged a historical past of coronary heart issues, mentioned his coronary heart was “by no means affected.”

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Ken Salazar, who ceaselessly meets with López Obrador, mentioned he too had examined optimistic for COVID-19. He wrote in his Twitter account that “I’m nicely.”

López Obrador caught COVID-19 in early 2021 and was ailing, however recovered after receiving what he described on the time as an experimental remedy. In January 2022, he introduced he had come down with COVID-19 a second time, amid a spike in coronavirus infections in Mexico.

López Obrador declined to enact obligatory masks mandates and he refused to put on a masks even on the peak of the pandemic until it was completely crucial, as on airline flights. He famously refused to make use of Mexico’s presidential jet, which he lately introduced had been offered to Tajikistan.

Whereas López Obrador stays in isolation — he mentioned he has spent the time engaged on speeches — Inside Secretary Adán Augusto López has been filling in on the each day presidential morning information briefings.

That might present a lift for the inside secretary’s flagging marketing campaign to win the presidential nomination of López Obrador’s Morena occasion for the 2024 elections. López, who isn’t associated to the president, at the moment trails Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum in most polls of the first race.