Mexican President Encourages People to Still Mingle amid Coronavirus

Elected in a surge of anti-establishment disgust, folksy populist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has elicited laughter, groans and head-scratching with his unique take on Mexican Spanish

While Mexico’s health officials are asking the public to keep a safe distance and to stay indoors, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador still holds mass gatherings and encourages constituents to mingle at restaurants.

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to grow in Mexico, the country’s health officials kicked off various public awareness campaigns to encourage social distancing. Individual states and municipalities are taking more drastic measures such as closing schools, beaches, mass events, and businesses. On Sunday night, Mexico recorded 316 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, by Monday afternoon, officials announced the third fatality related to the virus.

In contrast, Lopez Obrador still makes appearances at large events where he hugs supporters and greets children with kisses.

As part of his regular social media video posts, Lopez Obrador visits little-known parts of Mexico to promote the culture and tourism.

“Our people come from millenarian cultures and that is where we get our strength,” Lopez Obrador said in a recent video. “Don’t panic, don’t stop going out … we will tell you when to not go out … If you have the financial means, keep taking the family out to eat in restaurants and inns.”

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

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