Coronavirus Pandemic: A list of leaders and politicians from across the globe who contracted COVID-19
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The world is reeling under COVID-19 crisis, that some decades down the line – the resilience of people while confronting the pandemic will end up stunning the coming generations. Among them will be the world leaders who have the luxury to stay as much protected from this infection as any precaution book allows. Yet, a big chunk of global leaders have been stuck by this vile contagion which has shocked the international conscience fighting off this pandemic.
Jagran English is bringing you that first draft of the history, by enlisting the leaders, politicians, and senior officials from countries across the world, who have been stuck by this vile contagion:
Prince Charles, the next in line to the Royal throne tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25th 2020. According to the New York Times, last time he met with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was on March 12, and the earliest he could have contracted the virus was the day after. On April 1, he tested negative and announced his recovery.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was the next in Britain and the world to announce he had tested positive for the contagion virus on 27th March. Johnson reportedly shook hands with COVID patients in a one of country’s (NHS) National Health Service hospitals he was making a vigilant round of. Johnson joined back the 10, Downing Street on 29th April 2020.
Health Minister Nadine Dorries and Health Secretary Matthew Hancock too tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The country’s ruling elite have been worst hit by the virus. According to the Jerusalem Post, at least 24 members of parliament have contracted the virus, and two have died: Fatemeh Rahbar, from Tehran, and Mohammad Ali Ramezani, from Gilan.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19, leading to a reactionary chain of self isolation among all the people in administration she was in contact with, including PM Justin Trudeau.
Country’s Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive for COVID-19, hampering Israel’s fight against coronavirus because he was leading the task force heading the matters for the same. On April 20, Litzman announced his recovery from COVID-19, Times of Israel reported.
The leaders from the currently third-worst hit nation by COVID-19 paid a heavy price to the vile pandemic. Giorgio Valoti, mayor of Cene municipality in Lombardy region died of Coronavirus on March 13. Another leader Robert Scella, leading the fight against COVID-19 in Varese municipality in the same Lombardy region succumbed to COVID-19 on March 11.
Nicola Zingaretti, the head of the Italian Democratic Party, one among the ruling coalition of Italy had also tested positive for coronavirus.
The second-worst hit nation by coronavirus pandemic has been taken aback by the scale of pandemic in itself. Country’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo on March 25th. She recovered from the infection on April 15, The Olive Press reported.
Begoña Gómez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also tested positive which like Canada, led to a chain of quarantining procedures in-place for her direct contacts including the Prime Minister.
Country’s Equality Minister Irene Montero was the first in the cabinet to test positive for coronavirus on March 12. She also recovered in early April.
Scores of politicians in the worst-hit nation by covid-19 have tested positive for coronavirus.
Two members of the New York State Assembly, Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron, tested positive for the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on March 14. The third positive case from the assembly – Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, was reported by the Politico on March 19th.
Senator Rand Paul, of Republican Party from Kentucky became the first U.S. senator to test positive for the coronavirus on March 23rd. In an interview to Fox News, he called the whole ordeal ‘bizarre’.
The first Congressperson to contract the virus was, Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart of Republican Party on March 18. On the same day, Democrat representative from Utah Ben McAdams also tested positive for coronavirus.
Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez also tested positive for coronavirus in mid-march. He continued to spread awareness all the while he was infected through the videos posted on his Twitter timeline.
The head of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union party, Freidrich Merz, tested positive for coronavirus on March 17th. He called his symptoms “mild to moderate” in a Twitter post.
The country has close to 2,000 coronavirus patients, but just 4 ventilators per million people, according to BBC. The leaders have contracted COVID-19 in the biggest economy of Africa too.
Abba Kyari, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March, Sahara Reporters said.
Bala Mohammed, the Governot of Nigeria’s Bauchi state also tested positive for coronavirus on March 24th.
Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton tested positive for coronavirus earlier in March. He announced his recovery in late March, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
The country is the latest to breach the 100,000 patient count in the world, having recorded the sharpest spike, globally, in the previous two weeks. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was reported to have tested positive of COVID-19 on Thursday.
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