Coronavirus Outbreak: Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro among world leaders who tested positive

Updated: 10 October, 2020 08:49 IST | Sherlin Rajan
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    US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump tested positive for the novel coronavirus and went into quarantine. Trump was shifted to a military hospital where he was undergoing Remdesivir therapy, however, he faced backlash for breaking protocol and vising his supporters outside the hospital. After 72 hours of treatment, Trump returned to the White House post which he tweeted, "Feeling really good! Don't be afraid of COVID."

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    Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who dismissed the seriousness of the Coronavirus pandemic and routinely ignored all precautions, was tested positive earlier this month. Bolsonaro, who termed it as 'a little flu' and asserted that he would not be seriously affected by it, came out positive after undergoing fourth the test on developing high fever. (Picture/Jair Bolsonaro-Twitter)

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    French politician and EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier announced in March that he was tested positive for Coronavirus. “I tested positive yesterday for Covid-19. I’m as well as I can be, strictly confined to my home,” Barnier, 69, had announced it through a video posted on Twitter in March. The leader recovered from the illness and resumed work at his office on April 14. (Picture/Michel Barnier-Twitter)

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    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for Coronavirus in April. Mishustin, who was appointed as the Prime Minister by President Vladimir Putin in January this year, had to step down for a brief period of time and First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov was made the acting Prime Minister in his absence. Even as he temporarily stepped down from his duties, Mishustin continued to attend meetings with his council of minister through video conference during his self-isolation period. In mid-May, Mishustin recovered from illness and resumed his duties. (Picture/Russian Government News-government.ru)

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    Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran’s vice president for women and family affairs, was tested positive for Coronavirus in February. As she showed mild symptoms, she was not admitted to the hospital. In March, Ebtekar had announced that she had recovered from the illness. (Picture/Masoumeh Ebtekar-Twitter)

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    Australia’s minister for home affairs Peter Dutton was tested positive for Coronavirus in early March. Dutton had said that he contacted the local health department and admitted himself to a hospital after he experienced sore throat and temperature. After two days, he was discharged from the hospital and was home-quarantined. He recovered in April and resumed his duties. (Picture/Peter Dutton-Twitter)

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    Israel's minister of construction and housing and former health minister Yaakov Litzman was tested positive for Coronavirus in April. As he was the health minister at that time, he resigned from the position and was later given the portfolio of construction ministry after his recovery. (Picture/knesset.gov.il)

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    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife said on Saturday that she has recovered from COVID-19. "I am feeling so much better," Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health. On March 12, Trudeau's office had announced that she had tested positive after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London. The Prime Minister and his family has been in self -solation at home since then. He and their three children didn't show symptoms.

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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had tested positive in April after which he was admitted to a hospital. Even as his health had deteriorated and he was put on a ventilator, he responded to the treatment well. Johnson was then discharged and sent for home isolation from where he attended meetings and addressed the country through video conferencing. He recovered in April and resumed office at the end of the month. (Photo: AFP)

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    Britain's Prince Charles had tested positive for Coronavirus and has now recovered. The Prince of Wales, 71, was "displaying mild symptoms, but otherwise remains in good health", the spokesman said. The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus, he added. The couple had self-isolated in royal residence Balmoral in Scotland, the spokesman said, adding it was "not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus" Charles is not the first member of the royal family who tested positive for COVID-19. Prince Albert of Monaco has also tested positive.

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    United States President Donald Trump tested negative for Coronavirus. Trump had taken the test on March 13, days after coming in contact with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's communications director, who was found to be positive.

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel had decided on March 22 to quarantine herself at home after being treated by a doctor who was tested positive. (Picture/AFP)

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    Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault, was tested positive, US media reported on March 22. (Picture/AFP)

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    Prince Albert II of Monaco was tested positive, although there are "no concerns for his health", the palace said on March 19.  He recovered in April. (Picture/Palace of Prince Albert of Monaco-Facebook)

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    British MP Nadine Dorries, a minister in the health department, was tested positive for Coronavirus in March. Dorries, who helped craft the legislation to fight the bug, was the first British politician to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

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    Leader of Italian Democratic Party Nicola Zingaretti said on his Facebook page on March 7 that he was tested positive for COVID-19. The leader of the co-ruling party of the country said he was in self-isolation and was feeling fine, while the people he has been in contact with have been checked. He announced on March 30 that he has fully recovered from the illness. (Picture Nicola Zingaretti-Instagram)

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    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the first member of the Senate to report testing positive. He said in a tweet on March 22 that he is feeling fine and has not had symptoms and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. Paul said he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. (Picture/AFP)

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    The mayor of Miami Francis Suarez said that he was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13. He was said to have contracted the virus from Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's communications director, who was found to be positive. (Picture/Francis Suarez-Facebook)

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    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's wife Maria Begona Gomez was reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on March 14. The reports of Gomez being infected with the virus came out after the Prime Minister addressed the nation about the government's measures to tackle the pandemic in their two-week-long emergency.

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    Democratic Representative of Utah, Ben McAdams, said that he was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19. The congressman, who was on self-quarantine was then admitted to the hospital following shortness of breath, where he was said to be stable. Mc Adams announced in April that he has recovered from the illness.

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    Republican Representative of Florida, Mario Diaz Balart, had tested positive after developing symptoms on March 14. He was on self-quarantine in his Washington DC home, media reports said. In April, Balart announced on Twitter that he recovered from the illness.

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About The Gallery

As the coronavirus cases across the globe crossed the 36 million mark, even public figures underwent the test. Some of them were found to be positive, whereas some tested negative.

First Published: 26 March, 2020 08:00 IST