Coronavirus Hits Bolivia, President Anez, 7 Ministers Test Positive

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President Jeanine Anez of Bolivia announcing her coronavirus status on Thursday

Bolivia’s President Jeanine Anez said on Thursday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

At least seven ministers, including its health minister, have also tested positive and were either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Anez said in a tweet she was “well” and continuing to work while in isolation. “Together, we will come out of this,” she said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

She said she took a test after many of her team fell ill.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“I feel well, I feel strong, I am going to keep working remotely from my isolation, and I want to thank all the Bolivians who are working to help us in this health crisis,” she said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Bolivia is due to hold general elections on Sept. 6. The elections were originally planned for May but delayed due to the pandemic.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Political turmoil gripped the country last October when a disputed election led to widespread protests that eventually toppled longtime leftist leader Evo Morales.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Anez, a conservative former senator, assumed the interim president role in the political vacuum and initially said she would not run for full office, but later threw her hat in the ring.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Rival candidate and former President Jorge Tuto Quiroga, who is running again, said it was “indispensable” for Anez to be in full health and working towards the democratic transition.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Other leaders around the world also have contracted the virus.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, spent three days in intensive care sick with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, while Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed on Wednesday he had tested positive.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Bolivia, a landlocked Andean nation of over 11.5 million people has registered more than 42,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 1,500 deaths.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

It is one of the worst affected countries per capita in the world.



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