Member Of Mexico Cabinet Gets COVID-19, Makes Diagnosis Public A Week Later

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 6:11pm
Updated: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 9:31pm
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Mexico's Secretary of Public Administration Irma Sandoval

MEXICO CITY — A new controversy in Mexico arose after one of the country’s secretaries developed COVID-19, the first high-ranking official with the disease. But the announcement came one week later — and after the media revealed her diagnosis. 

The UK’s prime minister made his COVID-19 sickness public the same day he was tested. Same thing with a Spanish minister and two Mexican governors.

But it took a week to learn that Mexico’s Secretary of Public Administration Irma Sandoval had the coronavirus.

The government’s confirmation came after a TV newscast revealed that Sandoval was sick and held meetings recently with other secretaries.

Mexico’s Undersecretary of Public Health Hugo López Gatell said public officials can keep their health records private.   

López Gatell said the government will look for the source of the leak, which he considers a serious ethics violation that will be punished.

Sandoval's health is reported stable.

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