MOSCOW – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Monday that he tested positive for coronavirus infections and will work in self-isolation while receiving treatment.
“There are no happy people in the world for whom Covid-19 is not a threat,” Zelenskiy said on Twitter. “I feel good, however. I promise to isolate myself and keep working. “
Zelenkiy, 42, said his temperature was 99.5 Fahrenheit.
Zelenskiy became president in 2019 as a political freshman who was previously known as an actor and comedian. He became popular in the country for a television sitcom “Servant of the People” in which he played the role of a teacher who unexpectedly becomes president after anger over corruption that goes viral. He defeated the reigning Petro Poroshenko.
Coronavirus infections in Ukraine increased in late summer, putting severe pressure on the country’s underpaid doctors and under-equipped hospitals.
On Monday, Ukraine reported 8,867 new cases of infection and 115 deaths last day. 8,565 people died of Covid-19 in the country during the pandemic.