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Bolivia's interim president tests positive for COVID-19

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-07-10 10:00
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Healthcare workers conduct a blood test on Bolivia's Interim President Jeanine Anez during the World Blood Donor Day campaign at the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia, in this June 12, 2020 file photo. Anez said on July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). [Photo/Agencies]

LA PAZ - Jeanine Anez, head of Bolivia's opposition-backed interim government, said Thursday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in quarantine.

"Along with my entire team, we have been working for Bolivian families during this whole time and, given that in the past week many of them tested positive for the coronavirus, I took the test and I also came out positive," Anez said in a video posted online.

"I feel very good, strong. I am going to continue to work remotely, from isolation," said Anez, adding that she will remain in isolation for 14 days before taking another test.

In recent days, three ministers in her cabinet have tested positive for the coronavirus, including Minister of the Presidency of the Interim-Government Yerko Nunez, Health Minister Eidy Roca and Mining Minister Fernando Oropeza.

Some deputy ministers and other officials were also infected with the virus.

As of Wednesday night, Bolivia had 42,984 coronavirus cases, with 1,577 deaths and 12,883 recoveries.

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