Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has tested positive for covid-19 infection, she announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Sheinbaum wrote on Twitter that she was informed of the test result on the night of Monday, Oct. 26, and said that she would work remotely under medical supervision, although she added that she felt “well” and “strong.”

In a videoconference, Sheinbaum explained that she takes a covid-19 test every 15 days.

“It even surprised me, honestly, that it was positive, because I feel very well,” she said, noting that several local officials with whom she recently had contact will also quarantine themselves.

The Mexican capital has reported the highest number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in the country, with 155,899 cases registered to date, according to the health authorities.

Also announcing Tuesday that he has tested positive for covid-19 was Yucatan Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal.

Meanwhile, the spread of the disease in Mexico continues to surge, with the total number of confirmed cases nationwide surpassed 900,000 as of Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the total covid cases in the country reaching 901,268, Mexico’s novel coronavirus  death toll has risen to 89,814 as of  Wednesday, the CSSE data showed.

“In the past day, 643 new deaths and 5,942 new cases of covid-19 have been registered in the system,” José Luis Alomia, general director of epidemiology at Mexico’s Public Health Secretariat, said at a press conference broadcast on his agency’s Twitter.

Due to the pandemic, Mexico, the second-largest economy in Latin America after Brazil, is facing a historic economic decline of 9 percent for 2020, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

…Oct. 28, 2020

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