Coronavirus — Bolivia’s Jeanine Añez is Positive

  • “I feel good, I feel strong,” she wrote on her Twitter account. 
  • At least seven Bolivian ministers— including its health minister— have tested positive.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also contracted the disease.

Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Añez, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. She made the announcement herself, and added that she is doing well. Añez said that her decision to undergo the test was informed by the fact that many of her team members had contracted the disease.

Jeanine Áñez is a Bolivian politician and lawyer who has served as a senator for Beni since 2010. In November 2019, following the resignation of Evo Morales, Áñez declared herself interim president.

“Together with my whole team we have been working for Bolivian families all this time. And since the last week many of them tested positive for coronavirus, I had a test and also tested positive,” she said. Añez also said on Twitter, “I will be in quarantine for about 14 days until I have a new test to see how I am doing.”

“I feel good, I feel strong,” she wrote on her Twitter account. “I will continue to work virtually from my isolation and I want to thank all the Bolivians who work to help in this health crisis that we have. Together we will get ahead. May God bless you,” she added.

Bolivia is scheduled to hold it’s presidential elections in September. The elections having been postponed from May due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Bolivian government has since confirmed that the coronavirus has seriously struck its cabinet, with at least seven of its ministers— including its health minister— having tested positive. The ministers are either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home.

Other world leaders who have been victims of the COVID-19 pandemic include the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who spent three days in the ICU in April this year after he contracted the deadly pandemic. On Wednesday, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed to the world that he had been infected by the deadly Coronavirus disease, and he is currently undergoing treatment.

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 10, there are 45,565 confirmed cases and 1,702 deaths.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 551,000 lives and infected more than 12.12 million people in 196 countries and territories across the world, according to a report by the French news agency, AFP. The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe overtook China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths. The United States is the country with the most deaths (132,803) and the most confirmed cases of infection (more than 3.08 million).

Next are Brazil (69,184 dead, more than 1.75 million cases), United Kingdom (44,602 dead, more than 287 thousand cases), Italy (34,929 dead and more than 242 thousand cases), Mexico (32,796 dead, more than 275 000 cases), France (29 982 dead, more than 207 000 cases) and Spain (28 401 dead, more than 253 000 cases).

India, which accounts for 21,129 dead, is the country with the third-highest number of infected, after the USA and Brazil, with more than 767 thousand. That’s followed by Russia, with more than 706 thousand cases and 10,826 dead.

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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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