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Donald Trump joins list of world leaders to test positive for COVID-19


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President Donald Trump is among several world leaders who have come down with the coronavirus since the pandemic swept the globe.

Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”

The president is 74, putting him at a higher risk of complications.

Here are some other world leaders who have contracted COVID-19:


Boris Johnson
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The British prime minister, 56, was the first major world leader confirmed to have the coronavirus — testing positive in late March. Johnson, who spent time in intensive care battling the illness, was discharged from the hospital on April 12.

Johnson, who was given oxygen but did not need a ventilator, later thanked the National Health Service staff for saving his life when his treatment could have “gone either way.”

Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, also tested positive in March but displayed only minor symptoms.

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Jair Bolsonaro
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Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, 65, tested positive for COVID-19 in July — and touted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for speeding his recovery. His negative result came after 18 days of quarantining at home — an ordeal he bemoaned regularly.

“I can’t stand this routine of staying at home. It’s horrible,” he said after his first six days of torment.


Juan Orlando Hernandez
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The president of Honduras announced in June that he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19, along with two others who worked closely with them.

He said he was using what he called the “MAIZ treatment,” an experimental and unproven combination of microdacyn, azithromycin, ivermectin and zinc — promoting it as an affordable way to treat the virus.

At a recent U.N. gathering of world leaders, Hernandez also pleaded for equitable access to any vaccine, saying, “Are people to be left to die?”

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Alexander Lukashenko
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The president of Belarus — who previously insisted that vodka and saunas will cure the coronavirus, while slamming nations that have gone into lockdown as being in the throes of a “psychosis,” — tested positive in July.

Lukashenko claimed that he was asymptomatic. Belarus is one of the few countries that did not take any comprehensive actions against the virus.


Alejandro Giammattei
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The 64-year-old Guatemalan president said he tested positive for COVID-19, describing his symptoms as “very mild.” “Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,” he said during a televised address. “I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough.” He announced that he would be working from home.


Luis Abinader
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Abinader, the newly elected president of the Dominican Republic, contracted and recovered from COVID-19 during his campaign. He spent weeks in isolation before the July presidential election.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco
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The ruler of the tiny Mediterranean principality became the first head of state who publicly announced a COVID-19 diagnosis in March. However, officials from the city-state palace said the prince’s health “is not worrying at all.”


Nikol Pashinyan
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The Armenian Prime Minister said in June that he received a positive result despite having no symptoms. “I decided to take a test as I was planning to visit the frontline,” Pashinyan said during a Facebook live video. Members of his family were also infected, he said. He announced that the whole family had recovered a week after he disclosed the positive results.

With Post wires

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