LONDON – Before the news of President Donald Trump’s positive Covid-19 diagnosis spread across the world, other world leaders and public figures had viewed the pandemic positively.
Here is a list of personalities from around the world who got sick during the public health crisis.
The British Prime Minister had a heavy contract with Covid-19 in April and was hospitalized urgently and later transferred to an intensive care unit for three nights. The 55-year-old Johnson was given oxygen instead of ventilator.
He later said “Doctors had made every possible precaution about what to do if something went wrong,” adding his fears that it “could have gone either way.” Around the same time, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who led the country’s pandemic, announced that he had tested positive and plunged the country into yet another crisis. Both have since recovered, but the UK remains the nation with the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe.
After months of downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, the Brazilian president announced in July that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He shrugged quickly and said he was fine. The 65-year-old had previously said that his history as an athlete would protect him from the virus and that it would be nothing more than a “minor flu”.
Bolsonaro also advocated the use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that was also preferred by Donald Trump in the past – the drug has not proven effective against Covid-19.
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The beleaguered Belarusian president, who is in the middle of a crackdown to maintain his term in office in the former Soviet state, dismissed the world’s response to the coronavirus as a kind of “psychosis”. Lukashenko also said that vodka, saunas and tending fields are the best remedies.
In July, he announced that he had signed Covid-19 but was asymptomatic.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau
Canadian The wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for Covid-19 in March. Her husband did not become infected with the virus but instead isolated himself for two weeks. Gregoire Trudeau had returned from a speech in London where she was said to have taken up the disease. She said she experienced the “uncomfortable symptoms of the virus”.
The son of Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the British throne Prince Charles tested positive for Covid-19 while his wife Camilla was negative. The Prince of Wales, 71, said he experienced only “mild symptoms”. He recovered from self-isolating on the royal Balmoral Estate in Scotland and subsequently directed the virtual opening of one Field Hospital in London for others suffering from coronavirus.
Prince Albert of Monaco
Another king Prince Albert II Tested positive in March and appeared to be the first head of state to publicly say he contracted the virus. The second child of Princess Grace – formerly Grace Kelly, an American film star – and Prince Rainier of Monaco, Albert, 62, recovered quickly after being locked in his home in the tiny but affluent European state.
The Chief of Staff to the Nigerian President and influential longtime advisor Kyari died in April after being infected with the coronavirus. Kyari, who was in his 70s and suffered from health problems such as diabetes, was the top advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari and was considered one of the most powerful men in the West African country.
A senior official in the European Union and the European Union’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Barnier tested positive for coronavirus in March. The French national said he was “in good spirits” and has since resumed the difficult task of negotiating Britain’s divorce from the European bloc.
The Honduran president announced in June that he had tested positive along with two other aides. Hernandez said he uses an experimental and unproven treatment that combines drugs like zinc. He was briefly hospitalized and released. Hernandez has since called for the fair distribution of all Covid-19 vaccines at the recent United Nations General Assembly.
In September, the world passed the grim milestone of over a million coronavirus deaths as the virus continued to spread, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.