(ReliableNews.org) – It was inevitable that a world leader would contract the coronavirus. In the US, a handful of congressmen and one senator have tested positive for the virus. White House officials seem to be in the clear for now. Leadership in other countries have COVID-19, as well. Some officials have even died.
UK Prime Minister, Royal Family, and Officials
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the latest high-profile person who’s tested positive. He revealed his condition on March 27 and tweeted a video update. Boris will still lead the UK in spite of this unfortunate turn of events.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
Just two days before Boris made his announcement, Prince Charles of the British Royal Family tested positive for the virus. Initial reports claim that he’s also only experiencing mild symptoms and continues to work from home.
UK Health Minister Nadine Dorries also has the virus. Unfortunately, she inadvertently passed it to her 84-year-old mother.
While President Trump is safe, he had a close call when Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro and his entourage were in the states. They all met up for a dinner party and it was later confirmed that one of Bolsanaro’s aides tested positive for the virus.
The Brazilian president does not have COVID-19
Canada: Trudeau’s Wife
While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t been tested for the coronavirus, his wife tested positive on March 13. She had just returned home from a trip to London.
The prime minister and his wife immediately began self-quarantining for 14 days. Trudeau continues to fulfill his leadership role by working remotely.
Italy is experiencing a near-total lockdown as it struggles to keep the infection under control. Sadly, Roberto Stella, president of the Order of Doctors in Varese, and Giorgi Valoti, mayor of Cene, still contracted the virus.
Both officials died in the northern Lombardy region of Italy. The area is the country’s COVID-19 epicenter.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has, currently, tested negative for the virus as of March 23. However, she began her self-quarantine after coming into contact with a doctor who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
Merkel received a pneumococcal vaccine as a precaution as, at 65 years old, she’s part of a demographic highly-vulnerable to the virus.
Although much of the world’s leadership remains healthy, that could change quickly. For now, we can send our thoughts and prayers to those struggling with the virus and hope that our brightest minds can find a vaccine for COVID-19 soon.
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