HAVANA TIMES – The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Anez, announced on Thursday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, after two of her ministers, Jorge Fernando Oropeza and Yerko Núñez, had contracted the disease, Europa Press reported.
“Together with my team we have been working during all this time and since in the last week two of them tested positive for coronavirus, I did the test and I have also tested positive,” explained Anez in a video broadcast.
The president said she feels “good” and “strong” and that she will remain in quarantine for “about 14 days”, until a new test is carried out. She assured that she will continue to work “virtually”, while thanking all Bolivians who work to help combat the health crisis. “Together we are going to prevail,” she concluded.
The positive test of Fernando Oropeza, the Bolivian Minister of Mining, was revealed at the end of last week, while Yerko Nunez, Minister of the Presidency, confirmed having contracted COVID-19 days earlier.
The positive result of Nunez mobilized the entire government apparatus and all the people who were with him underwent tests. The Minister of the Presidency then said that President Anez would not have run the risk of being infected because there was no cabinet meeting. Subsequently, the president’s environment reported that she was not infected. Now that has changed.