Jeanine Anez, Bolivia’s interim president, has become the latest world leader to announce a positive coronavirus diagnosis, the Washington Examiner reported.
A translation of her Spanish video statement revealed that she was “fine” and will continue to work while isolated.
“Let’s get ahead”
“Together, let’s get ahead,” Anez said, adding that she feels “strong” and thanking “all the Bolivians who are working to help us in this health crisis.”
The announcement comes on the heels of reports that another South American leader, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, is also battling the coronavirus.
“I’m well, normal,” he said in a statement to reporters announcing his positive test result, adding that he would like to “take a walk around here” but was not allowed to because of medical restrictions, according to TIME magazine.
Bolsonaro is facing a lawsuit from reporters, however, after he removed his mask to address them during a recent press conference, as reported by Fox News.
“Despite knowing he was infected with COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to act in a criminal manner and endanger the lives of others,” Brazilian Press Association President Paulo Jeronimo de Sousa said, according to Fox.
He went on to assert that the “country cannot watch continued behavior that is beyond irresponsible and constitutes clear crimes against public health, without reacting.”
“Clear crimes against public health”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the first world leaders to announce a COVID-19 diagnosis and, according to the BBC, was hospitalized in April due to complications.
He spent three days in intensive care and his fiance, Carrie Symonds, tweeted at the time that she was grateful for the “kind messages of support” they had received.
“There were times last week that were very dark indeed,” Symonds continued. “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”
While President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his reluctance to wear a face mask and decision to take the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, he has so far avoided the virus. As the United States continues to face spikes in confirmed cases, Americans of all stripes hope the nation’s leaders remain healthy and focused on tackling this continuing public health crisis.