The president of Honduras has introduced that he examined constructive for the coronavirus, becoming a member of a small group of world leaders contaminated within the pandemic that has swept the globe and reached into the halls of energy of a number of governments.
In a televised assertion late Tuesday, President Juan Orlando Hernández stated his spouse and two of his two aides had additionally turn out to be contaminated. He stated that he started feeling unwell over the weekend, and that the analysis was confirmed later Tuesday.
Mr. Hernández stated he had been receiving therapy, was effectively sufficient to proceed working remotely and could be examined to find out the subsequent steps. Docs really helpful relaxation, he added.
He stated his spouse, Ana García, was constructive however asymptomatic.
“I really feel sufficient power and power to proceed ahead and beat this pandemic,” he stated. “We’re going to get forward of this. I belief in God, Honduran docs and medication.”
He additionally urged Hondurans to proceed to observe social-distancing tips, as he had not been in a position to. “Due to my job I’ve not been in a position to keep 100 p.c at residence,” he stated.
Because the virus has ricocheted across the globe, the Americas have turn out to be an epicenter of the outbreak, with Brazil reporting the highest number of deaths after the United States, and nations like Peru, Chile and Mexico collectively reporting lots of of hundreds of confirmed instances.
The president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, writing on Twitter, expressed solidarity with Mr. Hernández and wished him a “speedy restoration.”
Honduras has confirmed greater than 9,000 instances of the coronavirus, with 322 deaths, in line with the Pan American Well being Group. The nation was battered by a dengue epidemic last year that sickening greater than 100,000 folks and left 180 useless.
The nation — which closed its borders, mandated a blanket curfew and severely restricted the flexibility of individuals to go away their houses due to the coronavirus pandemic — started reopening its financial system final week after almost three months of a shutdown. About half one million jobs had been misplaced or suspended, in line with estimates by the enterprise sector.
Mr. Hernández joins a small variety of world leaders who’ve introduced that they’ve contracted Covid-19.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain tested positive in March and spent three nights in intensive care. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin of Russia stated he examined constructive in April, and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia stated he and his household caught the virus in early June.
A number of wives of prime international leaders have additionally been contaminated, together with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the spouse of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada; Olena Zelenska, the spouse of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine; and Begoña Gómez, the spouse of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain.
Iran is believed to have amongst the highest number of government officials infected by the coronavirus, together with Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, President Hassan Rouhani’s deputy for ladies’s affairs and the highest-ranking girl within the authorities.
Daniel Victor and Yonette Joseph contributed reporting.