Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Añez has become the third Latin American leader to test positive for the coronavirus, including Health Minister Eidy Roca and Presidency Minister Yerko Nuñez, who is hospitalized.
“Along with my entire team, we have been working for Bolivian families during this whole time and, given that in the past week many of them tested positive for the coronavirus, I took the test and I also came out positive,” Anez, who took office after the controversial ouster of Bolivia’s first Indigenous President Evo Morales last November, said on Thursday in an online video.
Áñez said “I feel very good, strong. on her Twitter account. she will remain in isolation for 14 days when another test will be done, but she will continue to work remotely from the presidential residence.
Anez is the second South American leader to be infected with COVID-19 this week, after the coronavirus-sceptic Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive on Tuesday.
While Bolivia has been able to escape the dramatic outbreaks that have ripped through neighboring Brazil, Peru and Chile, the pandemic is beginning to spread quickly in the poor highland nation. Bolivia has reported nearly 43,000 infections and over 1,500 deaths.