Coronavirus — Bolivia’s Interim President Cured

  • “Thank you with all my heart for the love and support during my coronavirus illness,” Anez said in a tweet.
  • One of the Bolivian President’s latest decisions has been the declaration of a state of public calamity in the country.
  • Jeanine Anez, then an opposition Bolivian senator, declared herself the country’s interim president in November last year.

Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, said on Tuesday that she had been discharged from hospital after having successfully battled the COVID-19 illness that she has been battling after she tested positive for the deadly virus early this months. The Bolivian Presidency released a medical report which highlights that Áñez is fully cured.

Jeanine Áñez is a Bolivian politician and lawyer who has served as the interim President of Bolivia since November 2019, after the resignation of the Government of Evo Morales. On 9 July 2020, Áñez disclosed that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Thank you with all my heart for the love and support during my coronavirus illness,” Anez said in a tweet. “Bolivians are a great family. We will move forward,” she added.

The report, signed by neurologist Andrei Miranda, states she is able to resume her daily duties. The report highlights that the last COVID-19 test that was carried out on the Bolivian acting president was negative, after a previous test that was conducted on July 9th detected that she had been infected by the disease.

As she battled the pandemic, Áñez remained isolated in the presidential residence in La Paz, from where she continued with her presidential duties. This was done via teleconferencing, as most of her cabinet ministers were also battling the pandemic, as well as one of her two children.

State of Public Calamity

One of the Bolivian President’s latest decisions has been the declaration of a state of public calamity in the country, and the order that a huge chunk of state resources should be channeled towards the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

Since the end of March, Bolivia has declared a the coronavirus pandemic a health emergency with a quarantine that has been extended in several stages.

Bolivia, a country of about 11.5 million inhabitants, has so far reported 2,583 deaths and 69,429 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. According to different studies, that places it among the most affected in the world by the pandemic in a square comparison to its population.

The case of Áñez, 53, succeeds in South America that of the president of the neighboring Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who also got cured from the disease just a few days ago.

Self-Declared President

Jeanine Anez, then an opposition Bolivian senator, declared herself the country’s interim president in November last year. She vowed to organize new elections in the troubled country and bring it back to peace.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Bolivia began when its first two cases were confirmed on 10 March 2020 in the departments of Oruro and Santa Cruz. As of July 28, there are 71,181 confirmed cases and 2,647 deaths.

Her move followed the resignation of Bolivia’s then head of state, Evo Morales, after the country’s army denounced him in the face of massive protests across the country due to a disputed presidential election.

The resignation of Morales was followed by subsequent resignations of other senior public officials, leaving Anez as the heir apparent to the throne.

Previously, two attempts by the country’s Senate and the Chamber of Deputies failed to raise the required quorum to determone the legality of the interim President’s takeover because Morales’ MAS party MPs boycotted the meeting. The constitutional court nevertheless declared that Anez’s takeover was within the framework of the country’s constitution. 

The interim president’s major assignment was to organize fresh elections in the country in May this year but the date has since been pushed forward several times, owing to the new coronavirus pandemic. 

The election was recently rescheduled for October 18. Initially, it was to be conducted on September 6 from the very first date, which was in May.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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