Bosnia's Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija tests positive for coronavirus

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Bosnia's Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija tests positive for coronavirus

The Bosnian prime minister has tested positive for coronavirus after showing minor symptoms.

Zoran Tegeltija’s office announced that he had the virus and other cabinet members are self-isolating.

The 59-year-old, who became prime minister last December, is isolating himself at home, officials confirmed.

Bosnia yesterday reported a record 49 deaths from the infection and 28,000 active cases.

Since the pandemic started, Bosnia has recorded 1,457 deaths and 59,427 cases, the latest data shows.

He is the youngest in a long line of world leaders to be infected with the virus, including Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

Last week, the World Health Organization director general said he was isolating after being identified as being in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “healthy and without symptoms” but would quarantine himself and work from home “in the coming days according to WHO protocols”.

“It is vital that we all adhere to health guidelines. In this way we will break the chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus and protect health systems,” the 55-year-old wrote on Twitter.

Bosnia's Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija tests positive for coronavirus 1

“My WHO colleagues and I will continue to work in solidarity with partners to save lives and protect the vulnerable. Together!”

The Eritrean, a graduate of the University of London and the University of Nottingham, is the first non-doctor and the first African to become the head of WHO.

Last month, he criticized world leaders for undermining scientists during the pandemic.

He said: “Where there has been political divisions at the national level, where there has been blatant disregard for science and health professionals, confusion has spread and Covid-19 cases and deaths have increased.

“A pandemic is not political football. Wishful thinking or intentional distraction will not prevent transmission or save lives.

“What will save lives is science, solutions and solidarity.”

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