Bolivia’s President Jeanine Anez said on Thursday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus Anez said in a tweet she was “well” and continuing to work while in isolation. “Together, we will come out of this,” she said.
The Bolivian government confirmed that at least seven ministers, including its health minister, had tested positive and were either undergoing treatment or recuperating at home. Añez said she had conducted a test given that many of her team had fallen ill.
“I feel well, I feel strong, I am going to keep working remotely from my isolation, and I want to thank all the Bolivians who are working to help us in this health crisis,” she said.
Bolivia is due to hold general elections on Sept. 6. The elections were originally planned for May but delayed due to the pandemic.
Political turmoil gripped the country last October when a disputed election led to widespread protests that eventually saw leftist leader Evo Morales flee the country.
Anez, a conservative former senator, assumed the interim president role in the political vacuum and initially said she would not run for full office, but later threw her hat in the ring.
Rival candidate and former President Jorge Tuto Quiroga, who is running again, said it was “indispensable” for Anez to be in full health and working towards the democratic transition.