After Brazil’s head of state Bolsonaro, Bolivia’s interim president was also tested positively. Latin America is the center of the pandemic.
Another Latin American head of state has been infected with the corona virus: Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez , has also tested positive for the novel pathogen. She is fine and will work from home, the 53-year-old said on Thursday. Before her, the corona virus had already been found in Brazil’s head of state Jair Bolsonaro and Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández.
Áñez announced on video on Twitter that she would remain in quarantine for at least two weeks. After 14 days, she will take another test. The right-wing politician is running for the presidential election on September 6. The presidential and parliamentary elections in the South American country were originally scheduled for early May, but were postponed due to the corona pandemic.
Áñez took office after long-term leftist leader Evo Morales resigned in November after presidential elections overshadowed by manipulation and under pressure from weeks of protests. Morales fled abroad and now lives in Argentina. Three members of Áñez’s cabinet have also been infected with the coronavirus. To date, a total of just under 43,000 cases of contagion with the coronavirus have been recorded in Bolivia. The official death toll from the pandemic in the country was 1,577 on Thursday.
In Honduras, head of state Juan Orlando Hernández spent more than two weeks in the hospital, where he had been treated for Covid-19 lung disease caused by the coronavirus. He was released in early July. In Venezuela, the virus was found at the head of the Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, as he announced on Thursday. Cabello is the second most powerful politician in the country after head of state Nicolás Maduro.
Latin America had increasingly become a new center of the pandemic in recent months. According to official data, a total of more than three million cases of infection have already been recorded in the Latin American and Caribbean countries. More than 140,000 people died there as a result of the infection. Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile are most affected in the region.