Bolivian President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez is pictured earlier than donating blood on the presidential palace in La Paz final month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Aizar Raldes/AFP by way of Getty Images disguise caption

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Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez is pictured earlier than donating blood on the presidential palace in La Paz final month amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Days after Brazil’s president mentioned he had contracted COVID-19, one other South American chief, Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, mentioned she too had examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

“I feel good, I feel strong, I will continue to work virtually from my isolation,” Áñez mentioned in a video posted to her Twitter account.

Áñez assumed the presidency in Bolivia in November, following the resignation of longtime President Evo Morales, who was compelled out of workplace amid widespread protests alleging of election fraud. Áñez is ready to stay till elections, that are scheduled for September. She is among the many candidates working to succeed Morales.

Three different Bolivian authorities ministers have additionally examined optimistic for the coronavirus in latest days, together with Eidy Roca, the nation’s well being minister.

The announcement from Áñez got here on the identical day that Venezuela’s socialist occasion chief, Diosdado Cabello — thought of the second-most highly effective particular person within the nation after President Nicolás Maduro — additionally introduced that he had turn out to be ailing with COVID-19.

Bolivia has confirmed almost 43,000 infections and greater than 1,500 deaths, in keeping with knowledge collated by Johns Hopkins University. Officially, Venezuela has fewer circumstances than a lot of the remainder of the continent, however these numbers have been rising.

Earlier this week, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed that he too had tested positive for the virus. Brazil ranks second solely to the U.S. within the variety of circumstances and deaths from the virus – with greater than 1.7 million confirmed infections and almost 68,000 deaths.

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