Covid-19: the President of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, tested positive for the virus

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Acting President Jeanine Añez is the second South American head of state to test positive for coronavirus, after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

She says it's okay. The interim president of Bolivia announced on Thursday July 9 that she had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

"I am positive in Covid-19, I am fine, I will work in isolation. Together, we will move forward," Jeanine Añez, who is a candidate for the presidential election of September 6, wrote on her Twitter account. "I will be in quarantine for fourteen days and do another test. I feel good," added the 53-year-old right-wing leader in a video posted on the same account.

He has been the second South American chief of state positive for coronavirus, after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who made the announcement on Tuesday. In Venezuela, the president of the National Constituent Assembly, number 2 in the state, Diosdado Cabello, was also infected.

In Bolivia, three members of the government, including the ministers of the presidency, Yerko Nuñez, and the ministers of health, Eidy Roca, said in recent days that they had been infected. "Since last week, many of them tested positive for coronavirus, I did and it was also positive," said the president. Jeanine Añez, a right-wing senator, became Bolivia's interim president after the resignation and exile of left-wing President Evo Morales in exile in November 2019.

Bolivia, which has a population of 11 million, has registered a total of 42,984 cases of contamination and deplores 1,577 Covid-19 related deaths. The government estimates that on the date of the elections in September, Bolivia will have some 130,000 cases of contamination.

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