Mexican gov’t says it’s hiding nothing regarding Lopez Obrador’s health

Mexico City, Apr 25 (EFE).- Mexican Interior Secretary Adan Augusto Lopez said Tuesday that “there’s nothing to hide” concerning the health of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who – he reported – is presently recovering from his third bout with Covid-19.

“There’s nothing to hide. We’ve said from the very start what the situation is and that the president is recovering,” said Lopez, who is filling in for AMLO, as the president is known, at the government’s regular morning press conferences.

Lopez also said that the Mexican president has not been admitted to a hospital for treatment because, after testing positive for Covid-19, he self-isolated to avoid infecting anyone else.

“No (he didn’t go to a hospital). He was given (the Covid test) at the Merida, Yucatan, air base where meetings are held every two weeks and, later, when he arrived in Mexico City, he was given the test result,” Lopez said.

The interior secretary, who holds Mexico’s No. 2 government post, after the president himself, said that the rumors about Lopez Obrador having something more than Covid-19 are the result of disinformation.

“Of course, there are voices that are nourished by disinformation, as one of the most-read books – or possibly the one read most – in the history of humanity says: Those are the ones who have a rotten soul,” he said.

Lopez also repeated that the Mexican president is in “full recovery,” and as soon as he tests negative for Covid-19 “he’ll be back.”

The rumors about AMLO’s health have increased given that he has not released any message since it was reported on Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid as he was making a tour of southeastern Mexico, specifically Yucatan.

Civil and opposition political organizations have demanded transparency regarding the health of the 69-year-old AMLO because he has already come down with Covid twice, the first time in January 2021 and then again in January 2022.

In addition, Lopez Obrador suffers from hypertension and in January 2022 underwent a heart catheterization to assess his cardiac profile. In December 2013, he had suffered a serious heart attack, as a result of which he underwent coronary surgery but as recently as last year the Mexican government said that he was in “perfect” health.

EFE –/bp

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