The President of Bolivia and seven of her eight ministers have tested positive for coronavirus

The self-proclaimed president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, and seven of the eight ministers in her government have tested positive for coronavirus. The most recent case of a minister who tested positive is that of José Abel Martínez, Minister of Productive Development.

Martínez’s office has confirmed the news in statements to the Bolivian newspaper ‘Página Siete’. Martínez is also in command of the Ministry of Economy on an interim basis because the minister, Óscar Ortiz, has also tested positive and is hospitalized.

Thus, the ministers of Foreign Relations, Presidency, Public Economy and Finance, Hydrocarbons, Productive Development and Plural Economy, Mining and Metallurgy, Justice and Institutional Transparency and Health have given positive results.

The bulk is isolated and works from home, except for Ortiz, an intern in a health center. He reported positive on July 12 and the following day he was hospitalized. On July 15, he was transferred to intensive care.

The mining ministry, Fernando Oropeza, who has been medicated, controlled and stable, has also tested positive, according to Ministry sources. Oropeza is isolated at his home in the city of Potosí. “It is symptomatic,” they have clarified.

The Minister of Hydrocarbons, Víctor Hugo Zamora, is in isolation, complying with “all biosafety protocols.” He has mild but stable symptoms. “The authority monitors, via telework, the issues related to the ministry in charge,” they reported from his office.

For her part, the Minister of Health, Eidy Roca, presents mild symptoms, but is stable. “She isolated herself at home and works from home,” they explained. Roca reported on July 5 that it tested positive.

In the case of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karen Longaric, from the Foreign Ministry reported that she is “very well” in health and that she communicates with her team every day. “I am completely asymptomatic, with a lot of energy and a lot of optimism,” Longaric told ‘Página Siete’.

The Cabinet is made up of 17 portfolios, of which eight of its highest authorities were infected with the virus. The offices whose ministers tested positive are:.

On July 2, the Government reported that the Minister of the Presidency, Yerko Núñez, had been infected. Núñez isolated herself and days later she was hospitalized for complications in her health. Three days ago, she published a photo on her social networks in which she is seen participating in a virtual meeting of the Cabinet.

In the case of the Minister of Justice, Álvaro Coimbra, he is the first in the Cabinet to pass COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. He was also the first to donate hyperimmune plasma.

Bolivia registered 1,946 new positive cases of coronavirus on Friday, while 65 people lost their lives as a result of the disease. Across the country, the total number of infected is 56,102 and the fatalities of the pandemic add up to 2,049.

The national chief of Epidemiology, Virgilio Prieto, explained this Friday that, of the 1,946 new cases, 1,245 belong to Santa Cruz, 233 to La Paz, 155 to Tarija, 119 to Cochabamba, 96 to Oruro, 46 ​​to Chuquisaca, 26 to Potosí , 14 to Beni and 12 to Pando. +

Of the 65 deceased this Friday, 17 correspond to Santa Cruz, 16 to Cochabamba, 10 to La Paz, nine to Oruro, four to Beni, four to Pando, two to Chuquisaca, two to Tarija and one to Potosí. On the other hand, there are 17,882 recovered patients in Bolivia.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Pelosi says Republican senators have normalized “illegality” after Trump’s acquittal

Pence celebrates the result of the vote and calls the process "false investigation" The president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy...

One of the five survivors of the Che Guevara guerrilla in Bolivia dies in Cuba

This Sunday, Harry Villegas Tamayo, 'Pombo,' died in Havana, one of the five survivors of the guerrilla group promoted by Argentine-Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che...

Saint Augustine recalls his legacy in Hispanic Heritage Month

As the oldest permanent European settlement in North America, San Agustín will recall the importance of its history in the Hispanic Heritage Month that...

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez evaluates to compete for the White House in 2020

Democratic congressman Luis Gutiérrez, one of the most combative Hispanic politicians in the defense of immigrants, evaluates competing for the Democratic presidential nomination for...

J Balvin: Those who say they are detractors of reggaeton are going to come out of the closet

The successful Colombian singer and composer J Balvin today defended his musical genre against detractors who dismiss him as macho, and assured that people...