COVID-19: President of Bolivia is “asymptomatic”

(La Paz) Acting Bolivian President Jeanine Añez, who announced Thursday that she has tested positive for coronavirus, is “asymptomatic,” her personal physician said on Friday.

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The right-wing leader of 53 years, candidate for the presidential election of September 6, “is in a stable state “, Confined to her residence, and is” completely asymptomatic, she has no symptoms linked to the coronavirus “, indicated the pulmonologist Andrei Miranda on the Cadena A channel

“After having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID – 19, (M me Añez) had herself tested to find out if she was carrying the virus or not , with a positive result, “he explained.

In Bolivia, three members of the Añez government, including Presidency ministers Yerko Nuñez and Health Eidy Roca, said in recent days that they had been infected.

“Since last week many of them (among members of the government, editor's note) tested positive for the coronavirus, I did the test and it was also positive,” explained the president on Thursday. .

This is the second South American coronavirus positive head of state after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who made the announcement on Tuesday. In Venezuela, the number two of the Diosdado Cabello regime was also infected.

Contaminated President of Congress

Jeanine Añez, senator on the right, became interim president of Bolivia after the resignation and departure in exile of the left president Evo Morales in November 2019.

On Friday, the President of the Bolivian Congress, Eva Copa, second in the protocol of the succession to the head of state, announced that she too had been contaminated. “I inform Bolivia that the test results have been positive at COVID – 19”, she tweeted . M me Copa had been preemptively isolated two days earlier.

“I follow the health protocols and will remain in solitary confinement for the time necessary, I am in a stable state and I will not stray from my duties […], I will continue to work through virtual platforms, ”added the 33 year-old parliamentarian.

The name of Eva Copa was cited among the ranks of her party, the Movement towards socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales, as a possible successor to M me Añez if she could not perform her duties due to illness.

According to the latest polls, it is the dolphin of Evo Morales, Luis Arce, who is leading the race for the September presidential election with 33, 3% of the voting intentions. He is followed by Carlos Mesa (18, 3%), and M me Añez comes in third with 16, 9%.

Bolivia, which has 11 million inhabitants, recorded a total of 44 113 case and 1638 dead.