Bolivia’s interim president has COVID-19 but ‘feels strong’


LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez announced Thursday that she has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the third Latin American leader to be infected in recent weeks.

Áñez said she will continue to work from isolation amid a spike in cases in the Andean nation, which has banned mass gatherings to try to limit the spread of the virus, which can cause the sometimes deadly COVID-19 disease.

“I feel good, I feel strong,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

Other Latin American leaders who have had bouts with COVID-19 include Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.

Bolivia is scheduled to hold a presidential election Sept. 6. Áñez is a candidate but is trailing in the polls.

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, waves during a procession Corpus Christi, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)