• 10 July, 2020 5:40 pm

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Bolivia President, Jeanine Añez, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Bolivia. July 10:

President Jeanine Añez said Thursday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus, highlighting how the pandemic is spreading to Latin America’s highest echelons of power.

Ms. Añez, a caretaker leader who took office after the controversial ouster of Bolivia’s first Indigenous president in November, said in a video posted on social media that she felt fine and would work remotely in quarantine for 14 days.

But her infection could further complicate Bolivia’s tense political situation because Ms. Añez has no clearly identified deputy who could assume her functions if she becomes seriously ill.

Ms. Añez is the second Latin America leader this week, after President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, to disclose an infection, a sign that the region is at the epicenter of the pandemic. Numerous lower-ranking political leaders in the region have also tested positive in recent weeks, including four government ministers in Bolivia.The New York Times

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