Jesús Ramírez Cuevas is a Mexican journalist, documentary maker and writer who is a member of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) political party. He is currently the General Coordinator of Social Communication and Spokesperson for the Government of the Republic during the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
On January 11th, Ramirez Cuevas announced that he tested positive for coronavirus, the same day the country detected a case of a COVID-19 variant that is spreading in the United Kingdom.
Spokesman Jesús Ramírez Cuevas wrote on his Twitter account, “I am in good health and I will be working from home.” There was no word on whether the president had been tested.
Ramírez Cuevas is very close to López Obrador, often handing him documents or going on trips with the president.
López Obrador is 67 and has high blood pressure, but almost never wears a mask.
On Sunday, López Obrador toured the Pacific coast seaport of Manzanillo and gave a speech, as usual without a mask on.
Also on Sunday, health authorities in the northern border state of Tamaulipas detected a case of the U.K. variant, known as B.1.1.7. That strain has also been found in the United States, Canada, Italy, India and the United Arab Emirates.
Scientists in the U.K. have said the variant may be more contagious than previously identified strains.
The Tamaulipas state health department said the case was detected in a 56-year-old man who arrived on Dec. 29 at an airport in the border city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, aboard a flight from Mexico City. No one else on the flight tested positive.