Mexico’s President tests positive
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Sunday that he tested positive for the Coronavirus. He claimed to experience light symptoms and stepped away from his immediate duties to receive treatment.
“I regret to inform you that I have contracted Covid-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already receiving medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will move forward,” López Obrador wrote in his public statement.
The president is a long-time skeptic of the pandemic. He would travel in public maskless and has even been criticized for taking selfies with his supporters. All this at a time when Mexico reported over one million cases of infections. According to Johns Hopkins University, the country had at least 1,752,347 infections, 8.5% of which were fatal.
Biden reimposes travel ban on Brazil, Europe, and the UK
In a bid to reverse the Trump administration’s more damaging policies, President Joseph Biden reactivated the ban on almost all non-American travelers entering the country from the United Kingdom, Ireland, several European countries, and Brazil. The measure was put into place to curb the rising COVID cases in the United States where Los Angeles County is the current hotbed.
Biden reversed this policy after former President Donald Trump signed an order on January 18 to lift the ban. In fact, following the discovery of the mutant strain in South Africa, Biden imposed the ban on travelers from this region too. The ban was put into motion on Saturday.
Democrats push on with the second impeachment trial amid Republican confusion
Democratic members of Congress fought over the weekend to push ahead with the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. They believed there was ample evidence after he incited the violent mob who attacked the Capitol.
The Republican party, on the other hand, is split. Supporters of Trump zoomed into the recent theme of unity advocated by officials. They urged to stop the trial to maintain a unified front. Dissenters include Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), one of Trump’s most vocal critics. The second impeachment trial is set for February 9, after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) reached a deal with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday, reported The Washington Post.
Protests break out in Russia in support of Navalny
Russia had a turbulent weekend. More than 100 cities on Saturday took to the streets in support of jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. The demonstrations belonged to this largest movement the country had seen since 2017, reported the New York Times.
Navalny is one of President Vladimir Putin’s staunchest critics. His anti-corruption activism made him the target of a government-monitored attack. In August 2020, Navalny was poisoned in Tomsk, Siberia. He escaped death because of quick medical attention. But he was flown from Russia to Berlin where he remained in critical care for almost a month. Navalny was arrested once he returned to Moscow after his recuperation. The judge stated he violated parole and sentenced him to jail for 30 days.
Moscow housed the biggest protests, with over 10,000 people in attendance. Anger against Putin skyrocketed amidst the arrests of over 3,000 people nationwide.