Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez tested positive for the CCP virus, she announced on Thursday.
“Together, we will come out of this,” she said in Spanish.
“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 added.
Bolivia is scheduled to hold general elections on Sept. 6. The election was originally scheduled in May but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anez, a former conservative senator, initially said she would not run for full office but later decided to do so.
The Bolivian government confirmed that at least seven ministers have tested positive for the CCP virus. This includes Health Minister Eidy Roca, and Presidency Minister Yerko Nunez, who is hospitalized.
Bolivia’s health ministry has reported that the country has more than 42,900 confirmed CCP virus cases and more than 1,550 deaths.
The country has a population of about 11.5 million and is reportedly witnessing another increase the number of new cases, with hospitals being overwhelmed in some regions. In the highland city of Cochabamba, scenes have emerged of bodies lying in the streets and coffins waiting for days in homes to be taken away.
Positive tests for the CCP virus have been reported among leaders and officials of numerous countries in South America.