The president of Honduras was hospitalized on Wednesday for Covid-19 and is being handled for pneumonia, a day after testing optimistic for the sickness, a authorities well being official stated.
The president, Juan Orlando Hernández, was admitted after laboratory checks and X-rays revealed the pneumonia. He was receiving medication intravenously, stated the well being official, Francis Contreras, in a televised assertion to the information media.
However Mr. Contreras sought to reassure the nation in regards to the president’s situation. “His common state of well being is nice,” Mr. Contreras stated, including that the president’s medical staff had really helpful that he be handled as an inpatient at a hospital slightly than stay at dwelling.
Mr. Hernández’s switch to the hospital got here hours after he introduced, in a televised assertion late Tuesday night time, that he had examined optimistic 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 his televised assertion, Mr. Hernández stated he was nicely sufficient to proceed working remotely and could be examined to find out the subsequent steps. Medical doctors really helpful relaxation, he added.
He stated that he started feeling unwell over the weekend, and that the analysis was confirmed on Tuesday.
“I really feel sufficient energy and power to proceed ahead and beat this pandemic,” he stated within the Tuesday assertion. “We’re going to get forward of this. I belief in God, Honduran docs and medication.”
Mr. Hernández stated his spouse and two of his two aides had additionally change into contaminated. He stated his spouse, Ana García, examined optimistic for the virus however was asymptomatic.
He urged Hondurans to proceed to observe social-distancing pointers, as he had not been in a position to. “Due to my job I’ve not been in a position to keep 100 % at dwelling,” he stated.
Because the virus has ricocheted across the globe, the Americas have change into 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 a whole lot of 1000’s of confirmed circumstances.
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 circumstances 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 sickened greater than 100,000 folks and left 180 lifeless.
The nation — which closed its borders, mandated a blanket curfew and severely restricted the flexibility of individuals to go away their properties due to the coronavirus pandemic — started reopening its economic 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 the brand new coronavirus.
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 optimistic 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 high 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 girls’s affairs and the highest-ranking girl within the authorities.
Daniel Victor and Yonette Joseph contributed reporting.