LA PAZ: Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez announced on Thursday that she has tested positive for coronavirus, reports AFP.
“I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, I’m fine, I will work from isolation,” she tweeted.The 53-year-old said in a video on Twitter that she would remain in quarantine for 14 days before taking another test.
Anez becomes the second South American president in a matter of days to contract the coronavirus after Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro announced his positive result on Tuesday.
Another high-ranking Latin American government official to contract the virus is Venezuela’s Constitutional Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, widely considered the second-most powerful person in the country after President Nicolas Maduro.
Four members of Anez’s cabinet had tested positive in recent days.
“Given many of them tested positive over the last week, I took the test and I was also positive,” said Anez. The interim leader’s illness comes with Bolivia gearing up for a general election in less than two months, despite being in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.