Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Anez, announced on Thursday she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the latest in a long list of world leaders and politicians who have contracted the infection.
COVID-19 has now claimed more than 550,000 lives across the planet, and infected more than 12 million people since it first emerged in China in late 2019 — among them Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and now Bolivia´s Jeanine Anez.
In a video on Twitter Anez said she was “fine” and would continue working from isolation. Bolsonaro said he was feeling “very well” on Thursday after announcing he had the virus earlier this week, and Johnson, who contracted the respiratory disease in March, has recovered.
Bolivia is gearing up for a general election, despite the country of 11 million recording almost 43,000 virus infections and more than 1,500 deaths.
By the time the polls are held in less than two months, the government expects there to be 130,000 cases.